Meningitis vaccination

 

New York is currently experiencing an outbreak of a particularly invasive and virulent strain of bacterial meningococcal meningitis, with a significantly higher fatality rate than normal (1/3, as opposed to the usual 1/5).adult-meningitis-symptoms It’s onset is sudden and it progresses extremely rapidly, in some cases proving fatal within just hours. It’s vital, therefore, to see medical attention immediately if you have symptoms of meningitis.

Symptoms: Meningitis infection may show up in a person in the form of a sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. It will often have other symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light (photophobia), and altered mental status (confusion). The symptoms of bacterial meningitis can appear quickly or over several days. Typically they develop within 3-7 days after exposure. See the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site for more details.

Vaccination recommendations: New York State Department of Health Expands Meningococcal Vaccination Recommendation Statewide

Getting vaccinated

There are many NYC Health Department clinics throughout the city, as well as facilities in surrounding areas, where you can get vaccinated against meningitis. Always phone before you go to a clinic, though, to make sure they have vaccine shots in supply. (It varies from clinic to clinic whether there is a fee involved or not. Most clinics, if they charge, do so on a sliding scale according to patient income.)

Manhattan

1 Central Harlem STD Clinic
2238 5 Ave Manhattan 10037
2 Chelsea STD Clinic
303 9 Ave Manhattan 10001
3 Manhattanville Renaissance STD Clinic
21 Old Broadway Manhattan 10027
4 Mount Sinai Medical Center Comprehensive Health Program Care Coordination
275 7 Ave 12th Floor Manhattan 10001
5 Mount Sinai Medical Center Jack Martin Clinic Care Coordination
17 E 102 St 3rd Floor East Manhattan 10029
6 Village Care Care Coordination
121A W 20 Street Manhattan 10011

Bronx

1 Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Care Coordination
1650 Selwyn Ave 7A Bronx 10457
2 Montefiore – AIDS Center at Montefiore
3444 Kossuth Ave 3rd Floor Bronx 10467
3 Morrisania STD Clinic
1309 Fulton Ave Bronx 10456
4 Tremont Health Center
1826 Arthur Ave Bronx 10457

Brooklyn

1 Crown Heights STD Clinic
1218 Prospect Place 2nd Floor Brooklyn 11213
2 Fort Greene Health Center
295 Flatbush Ave Brooklyn 11217
3 Fort Greene STD Clinic
295 Flatbush Ave 2nd Floor Brooklyn 11217
4 Lutheran Family Health Centers Sunset Terrace Care Coordination
514 49 Street Brooklyn 11220
5 SUNY Downstate Medical Center STAR Health Center Care Coordination
470 Clarkson Ave Brooklyn 11203

Queens

1 Corona Health Center
34-33 Junction Blvd Queens 11372
2 Corona STD Clinic
34-33 Junction Blvd Queens 11372
3 Jamaica STD Clinic
90-37 Parsons Blvd Queens 11432

Staten Island

1 Richmond STD Clinic
51 Stuyvesant Place Staten Island 10301

 

Surrounding areas

Consult the following websites to find clinics outside the city:

Bergen County Department of Health
Hudson County Health Dept
Nassau County Department of Health
Putnam County Department of Health
Rockland County Department of Health
Suffolk County Department of Health
Westchester County Department of Health

 

 

 

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