CORRECTION: While an earlier announcement stated vaccines would be available today, AHF now says they will be available beginning Monday, April 15.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation is offering free meningitis vaccines at three Los Angeles-area locations Monday in the wake of a West Hollywood man’s death from the disease Saturday.
The free vaccines will be available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following AHF pharmacies:
AHF Pharmacy – West Hollywood
8212 Santa Monica Blvd. at Havenhurst
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
AHF Pharmacy – Sunset/Hollywood
6210 W. Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
AHF Hollywood Men’s Wellness Center
1300 N. Vermont Ave. Ste. 407 in Los Angeles
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
The bacteria that causes meningitis is not as contagious as the common cold, but experts say it can be spread through coughing or kissing. People who contract the illness can suffer from fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, confusion and increased sensitivity to light. The vaccine will not cure a meningitis infection but is likely to prevent one from becoming infected.
Concern about meningitis arose after 33 year-old West Hollywood resident Brett Shaad was diagnosed with the infection. Shaad’s family removed him from life support Saturday.