Meningitis warning issued for Pride weekend; here's where to get the vaccine

NYC health authorities recommend that those attending Pride festivities, including tourists, get vaccinated.

If you're coming to town for NYC's Pride weekend, take note: Visitors are advised to get vaccinated against invasive meningococcal disease, or meningitis. Health authorities are raising the alarm due to an increase in outbreaks; since August 2010, there have been 22 new reported cases in New York—seven of which were fatal—among gay men or men or had intimate contact with other men.

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The super-contagious virus spreads through close contact, such as kissing or sharing drinks or cigarettes. Since symptoms develop quickly and are often mistaken for the flu, vaccination is recommended as the best defense. Read the city's health advisory, and check out a map of locations in the five boroughs that offer the vaccine.

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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)