CDC Releases Information about Meningococcal Disease Outbreak in Florida, 2022

Content From: HIV.govPublished: April 12, 20221 min read


Prevent Meningococcal Disease

CDC cautions that there is a large, ongoing outbreak of meningococcal disease in Florida, primarily among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, including those living with HIV. There have also been cases reported in the state over the last few months, including multiple cases in college students. At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that the cases among college students are related to the larger outbreak. Meningococcal disease is very serious and often deadly. CDC’s key messages are as follows:

Get Vaccinated

In response to an ongoing outbreak of meningococcal disease in Florida, CDC is encouraging gay, bisexual, and men who have sex with men to:

  • Get a MenACWY vaccine if they live in Florida1
  • Talk with their healthcare provider about getting a MenACWY vaccine if they are traveling to Florida

In addition, CDC is highlighting the following existing meningococcal vaccine recommendations:

  • MenACWY vaccination is routinely recommended for all people with HIV in the United States2
  • Young adults in the United States, including college students, may choose to get a MenB vaccine

Read more from CDC about the Meningococcal Disease Outbreak, Florida, 2022.