Get the Facts: Meningitis


In June 2015, an outbreak of meningitis was identified in Chicago among men who have sex with men. 
Meningitis is a very serious infection. It occurs when bacteria, viruses, or other pathogens—in Chicago’s current outbreak, the bacteria is Neisseria meningitidis—infect the space around the brain and spinal cord. While most people with meningitis recover, it can cause complications such as brain damage, hearing loss, and even death.

Meningitis can be contagious and is spread through close contact like kissing and sharing drinks or cigarettes.
There is a safe and effective vaccine available to help protect against this form of meningitis.

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends that all men who have sex with men receive this vaccination. This recommendation remains in place and CDPH continues to offer free vaccinations to the public.

More information on the disease and vaccine can be found below:

Click here to learn more about meningitis including symptoms and ways to protect yourself.

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View the Meningitis Press Release




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