Public health departments bring vaccine clinics to homeless shelters amid small meningitis outbreak

February 6, 2024

In the past month, a small outbreak of meningococcal meningitis — which infects the lining of the brain and spinal cord — has been seen in Denver County’s homeless community. That prompted health departments to bring pop-up vaccine clinics to shelters in Aurora. 

Meningococcal meningitis can cause severe symptoms, including fever, vomiting and confusion, and can sometimes lead to death.

Courtney Ronner, a spokesperson for the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE), said Denver County has seen four cases of meningococcal disease in the homeless community since Jan. 12. 

Read more at The Denver Gazette.

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