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New York Department Of Health Expands Meningitis Vaccine Recommendations

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01:  The Midtown skyline remains lit as Lower Manhattan remains mostly without power on November 1, 2
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: The Midtown skyline remains lit as Lower Manhattan remains mostly without power on November 1, 2012 in New York City. Millions of customers in New Jersey and New York remain without power following Superstorm Sandy as colder weather approaches. The storm has claimed at least 90 lives in the United States, and has caused massive flooding across much of the Atlantic seaboard. U.S. President Barack Obama has declared the situation a 'major disaster' for large areas of the U.S. east coast, including New York City. (Photo by Afton Almaraz/Getty Images)

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is expanding a recommendation issued earlier this month by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH) regarding meningococcal vaccinations for men who have sex with men (MSM). These meningococcal vaccine recommendations have been issued in response to an outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) in New York City.

Meningococcal disease is a severe bacterial infection of the bloodstream. Common symptoms include high fever, headache, vomiting, stiff neck, and a rash. Symptoms may occur two to 10 days after exposure, but usually within five days. Since 2010, 22 men residing in NYC and one man who resides outside the City, but spent significant time there, have become ill in this outbreak, seven have died.

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