At high risk for monkeypox? Vaccines are available in Alabama
Are you at a higher risk of developing monkeypox? The Alabama Department of Public Health is making a two-dose vaccination series available.
As of Aug. 31, there have been 69 reports of monkeypox in the state. ADPH investigates each case to provide education regarding isolation and potential treatment, as well as identify contacts who might benefit from vaccine.
Not all cases of monkeypox require treatment, but infected people must isolate and follow infection control to reduce transmission of the virus to other people.
If you’ve been in direct contact with someone who’s come down with monkeypox, you might benefit from a vaccine given within four to 14 days of contact.
You don’t need the vaccine unless you’ve been in close contact with someone who’s gotten monkeypox or have other risk factors.
Some county health departments in Alabama have the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine in stock, but any local health department can provide information about appointments or administer the vaccine if needed.
Adults 18 and older may be eligible for the vaccine if:
- They have been notified or are aware of close, intimate or sexual contact with someone diagnosed with monkeypox
- They identify as gay, bisexual, men with same-sex partners, or as transgender men and report having multiple or anonymous sex partners or having attended an event or venue where monkeypox may have been transmitted (by sex or skin-to-skin contact)
- They are deemed at higher risk for monkeypox infections by the managing clinician or other factors.
Anyone can be infected with monkeypox, and it is usually transmitted through close, intimate, skin-to-skin contact or through broken skin, respiratory droplets or mucous membranes.
Monkeypox causes a rash that starts as flat spots, which then becomes raised, develop into vesicles and finally appear pustular.
In this outbreak, some people have only had a rash, but other symptoms, such as fever, chills, enlarged lymph nodes, muscle aches and headaches can occur with the rash.
Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms begin until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. This can take two to four weeks.
Individuals with any symptoms of monkeypox should discuss their symptoms with their healthcare provider.
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