Hepatitis A Outbreak Among Gay and Bisexual Men in Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has reported an increased number of cases of hepatitis A among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM). People living with HIV and MSM are at a higher risk for hepatitis A infection. While the risk is relatively small, hepatitis A is potentially life-threatening. For important information on hepatitis A and how to get a vaccinated, please download our Hepatitis A Fact Sheet.
Influenza is a serious disease that millions of people contract every year. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Flu season, when viruses circulate at higher levels, begins as early as October and can last until May. We recommend an annual flu vaccine to reduce your risk of getting sick. Let’s keep our community healthy! The flu vaccine is available to APLA Health patients during normal clinic hours without an appointment at Gleicher/Chen Health Center in Baldwin Hills and Long Beach Health Center.
Meningitis Outbreak Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in Southern California Continues
Southern California is experiencing an ongoing meningitis outbreak, mostly among men who have sex with men. The Los Angeles Country Department of Public Health confirmed a new case of invasive meningococcal disease in late May 2017. Meningitis is a serious disease and can be fatal. If you are a gay or bisexual man or HIV-positive, we urge you to get vaccinated. Please call our Gleicher/Chen Health Center in Baldwin Hills at 323.329.9900 or Long Beach Health Center at 562.247.7740 to find out how to get the shot.
Mumps Outbreak Declared Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in L.A. County
On June 1, 2017, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health declared a mumps outbreak primarily among men who have sex with men. Are you vaccinated against mumps? If you are not, or unsure, please call us at 323.329.9900 (Baldwin Hills) or 562.247.7740 (Long Beach) to make an appointment or discuss getting vaccinated. Mumps spreads easily, especially in crowded locations, such as bars and nightclubs.
For more information on mumps, please see L.A. County DPH website: publichealth.lacounty.gov/ip/DiseaseSpecific/Mumps.htm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has fact sheets on mumps in English and Spanish here:
Vaccination against certain diseases is a routine part of many people’s health care.
We recommend that everyone makes sure they have received vaccinations against common diseases such as measles and mumps. In addition, most people should receive vaccinations against hepatitis A and hepatitis B, especially individuals considering taking PrEP.
Some in the LGBT community—especially gay and bisexual men and those living with HIV—should also be vaccinated against meningitis. An outbreak of invasive meningococcal disease has been reported in Southern California.