L.A. County Public Health and AIDS Healthcare Foundation Continue To Clash Over Meningitis Among Gay Men
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says a meningitis vaccine campaign is not needed for gay men in the Los Angeles area, but AIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein is still questioning the county's handling of meningitis cases among gay men.
On Friday, Public Health sent out a press release saying that it "has not identified any other cases of meningococcal disease associated with [West Hollywood resident Brett Shaad who tragically died from bacterial meningitis], nor identified any linkage between this patient and cases being reported in other areas of the country."
As a result, Public Health director Jonathan Fielding does "not recommend a vaccination campaign in response to the present situation of meningococcal disease in Los Angeles County." Weinstein, whose organization has been offering free meningitis vaccines to gay men in the L.A. area, serves up another opinion.More »