The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is recommending that gay men get vaccinated against meningitis, citing eight cases of infection so far this year, four of which involved gay men who live in or have socialized in West Hollywood or North Hollywood. Three of the gay men infected were 27 or 28 years old. The fourth was 50.
The vaccinations are intended to prevent contracting invasive meningococcal disease, which can cause either meningitis or sepsis, a blood infection. Both diseases have a high mortality rate.