WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Sunday, August 28th, in the wake of a recent and ongoing
outbreak of meningitis, including 17 cases diagnosed in Los Angeles
County in 2016, Impulse
Group Los Angeles organized a community event in West Hollywood to
help make the vaccination available to the local GLBTQ community, who
this outbreak has affected the most.
With free vaccinations provided by AIDS
Healthcare Foundation (AHF), Impulse Group Los Angeles encouraged
the community to meet at Revolver
Video Bar to receive their vaccination, free of charge, and in
return event-goers would receive two drink tickets (three if they
brought a friend) they could redeem inside for drinks of their choice.
While the initial event guest list (on the event’s Facebook page) showed
an expected attendance of 40, over 100 people signed up to get the
vaccine exceeding initial expectations. While Impulse Group Los Angeles
was able to accommodate over 90 people, those unable to receive the shot
that day were referred to AHF Wellness Clinics. AHF is offering free
meningitis vaccines at all four of its Southern California AHF
Wellness Centers (Hollywood, Long Beach, San Fernando Valley and
West Adams) as well as at three AHF
Pharmacy sites (Long Beach, Sunset Blvd. and West Hollywood).
“At its heart, Impulse will always be a group for the community, by the
community,” said Impulse United Founder and President, Jose Ramos.
“While we don’t always have the luxury of foresight to see a meningitis
outbreak coming, what’s important is that we take action because what
affects one of us, affects all of us.”
Following the tremendous success of the WeHo event, Impulse Group Los
Angeles has begun organizing a follow up event in the next several weeks
at Revolver to continue offering free vaccinations to the GLBTQ
HEALTH NOTE: The meningitis vaccine provides protection for five
(5) years, so any individual who may have been vaccinated during the
cases or outbreaks reported in 2013 or 2014 does NOT need to
get a booster shot or be re-vaccinated now. In addition, clients who are
HIV positive will need a booster shot in 8-12 weeks.
About Impulse Group United:
Group was founded in February 2010 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Since then, Impulse rapidly expanded to include U.S. branches in
Orlando, Fort Lauderdale/Miami, Atlanta, NYC, Washington D.C., Dallas,
San Diego, San Francisco, as well as two branches in Mexico, India,
Thailand, Cambodia, China, and Brazil.
Impulse Group United
Jose Ramos, Founder & President