At the completion of this educational session, participants should be able to:
- Recognize the early signs of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD).
- Identify the similarities and risk factors in the current MSM, HIV IMD cluster, and quantify the risk of IMD in HIV-infected individuals.
- Describe the recommendations for the use of meningococcal vaccine among high risk, HIV+ persons given the current outbreak of disease.
- Explain the recommendations for routine vaccinations for HIV+ persons.
Don Weiss is a medical epidemiologist with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, completed a residency in pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center and a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from St. Louis University School of Public Health. He was an urban pediatrician for ten years before switching careers to public health. Prior to joining DOHMH he taught infectious disease epidemiology at St. Louis University. He is presently the Director of Surveillance for the Bureau of Communicable Disease.
Sheila Palevsky is the Medical Specialist in the Professional Education Unit of the Bureau of Immunization, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, did her pediatric training at The Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and Montefiore Medical Center, and received her MPH from Columbia University School of Public Health. She holds faculty appointments as Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine and as Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Palevsky writes about and speaks frequently on immunization issues in infants, children, adolescents, and adult populations.
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