Update: Meningitis Facts and Vaccination Information

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Los Angeles: AHF Provides Free Meningitis Vaccines to Thousands

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is responding to the recent deaths of two Los Angeles-area men from acute bacterial meningococcal meningitis by offering free meningitis vaccinations at the following location:

LOCATION for AHF’s FREE meningitis vaccinations:

  • AHF Hollywood Men’s Wellness Center
    1300 N. Vermont Ave., Suite 407, Los Angeles, CA , 90027
    Phone: P: (866) 339-2525
    Hours: Mon-Wed-Thu-Fri, 5:30pm to 9:00pm Saturday, 9:30am to 5:00pm

The AHF Pharmacy locations will no longer provide the vaccinations

Meningitis Vaccine Flyer


  • Michael Zimmerman, Program Manager, AHF Hollywood Men’s Wellness Program
  • (323) 436-8900 x 5819
  • AHF Main Switchboard (323) 860-5200


Meningococcal Meningitis Facts

Vaccine and Disease Information Sheet from the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Meningococcal Disease Fact Sheet from Long Beach County Health Alert

Meningococcal Disease FAQ from Long Beach County Health Alert

Informational video: What is Meningococcal Meningitis?

Although the intended audience for this video is college students, the nature of how bacterial Meningococcal Meningitis is spread—as well as the recommendations for vaccination—apply to all high-risk groups including gay men, or men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM).

AHF’s policy on recommending that those in high-risk groups—including gay men—get vaccinated is based on epidemiologic data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a January 10th Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that states:

“On September 27, 2012, the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) alerted health-care providers and the public about 12 cases of invasive serogroup C Neisseria meningitidis disease (SCMD) occurring in NYC since August 2010 among men who have sex with men (MSM). Cases were identified through existing mandatory notifiable disease reporting and classified according to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists case definitions. By December 31, 2012, a total of 18 cases had been identified among MSM. For 2012, the incidence rate of invasive meningococcal disease among MSM aged 18-64 years was 12.6 per 100,000 persons, compared with 0.16 among non-MSM males aged 18-64 years. MSM and non-MSM population denominators were obtained from the 2010 NYC Community Health Survey a telephone-based survey of approximately 10,000 NYC residents.”

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