Source: New York Times
By: Hartocollis, Anemona
In an effort to stem an outbreak of meningitis among gay and bisexual men, lawmakers in New York passed legislation that would allow pharmacists to administer the meningitis vaccine. Pharmacists already can administer the flu, pneumonia, and acute herpes zoster vaccines. The bill awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature, and if signed, would take effect 90 days later. Seven of the 22 cases of bacterial meningitis confirmed among the city’s gay men since 2010 were fatal. However, no new cases have been confirmed since February, and around 13,574 people were vaccinated as of June 17 in response to the current outbreak.