April 16, 2014 | by Staff reports
San Diego officials advise vaccine for travelers
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Health officials in San Diego are advising residents about the potential benefits of getting vaccinated.

SAN DIEGO — Although there are no reported cases of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) in San Diego County, health officials there are advising residents about the potential benefits of getting vaccinated, especially those who plan to attend the White Party in Palm Springs (April 25-28) or those planning to visit New York or Los Angeles where several IMD-related deaths have occurred, the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News reports.

San Diego County health officials said they are following the recommendations of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health that were made in consultation with the CDC and the California Department of Public Health, the paper said.

L.A. County has confirmed eight IMD cases since January. Four have been with men who have sex with men; three of those cases involved HIV-positive individuals, the News reports. Three died, all MSM, two of whom were HIV-positive.

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