Dear Community Partners,
My name is Pamina Bagchi, and I work with Drs. Franklin Pratt and Michelle Parra of the Los Angeles County (LAC) Immunization Program. At their request, I am sending you all some helpful educational materials on invasive meningococcal disease that you can use with your patients and clients.
I am also sending you some guidance documents on the expanded recommendation to vaccinate all men who have sex with men (MSM), regardless of HIV status, with meningococcal vaccine. These guidance documents had been distributed earlier, but I want to make sure you all have them.
- Meningococcal Resource Packet_Educational Materials
- Meningococcal Resource Packet_Guidance Documents
We want to work with you all to help curb and control this outbreak. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or ideas for collaboration. We welcome all of your input and ideas, and we greatly appreciate your help in getting the word out to ensure that all MSM in LAC are vaccinated.
Finally, we encourage you to take the opportunity, while you are seeing your clients and patients, to screen and evaluate them for HIV and STDs. The following websites may be helpful:
Chhandasi Pamina Bagchi, MPH
Research Analyst III, Immunization Program
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
3530 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90010