Gay/bisexual men and transgender people living in Los Angeles County should get vaccinated for invasive meningococcal disease (IMD). IMD is potentially deadly and county health officials say that gay/bisexual men represent a disproportionate number of the 17 cases reported this year.
The Center is providing free vaccinations, by appointment, at its McDonald/Wright Building at 1625 N. Schrader Blvd in Hollywood.
Clients who have a regularly scheduled appointment with their primary care physician at the Center, or who are
getting an HIV test at the McDonald/Wright Building, will be offered the vaccine during their visit.
To schedule a vaccination appointment, call 323-993-7500.
Additional sites offering the vaccine are listed on the county health department’s website at publichealth.lacounty.gov/ip/Docs/meningitisclinics.pdf.
“The recent outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease in the Los Angeles area reminds us that,
even though the number of cases is still small, gay and bisexual men continue to be infected at a higher rate than the general
population. HIV infected individuals also appear to be at higher risk,” said Los Angeles LGBT Center Medical Director Robert Bolan.
“To clear up any ambiguity, we think the message should be simple. If you are a gay or bisexual man or a transgender individual,
you should receive the meningococcal vaccination. HIV uninfected individuals only need a single dose of the vaccine.”
Read the press release