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Monkeypox and Vaccination Information

July 5 2022

If you think you may have been exposed to monkeypox, vaccination and treatments are available for eligible New Yorkers. Vaccine supply is limited. Speak with your Primary Care Physician if you think you’ve been exposed to this virus. To find out about available vaccination appointments, and to learn about symptoms, transmission and more, visit: Monkeypox – NYC Health.

Getting vaccinated shortly after an exposure reduces the risk of developing monkeypox and can reduce symptoms for those who do get it. All gay and bisexual men (cisgender or transgender) who have had multiple or anonymous sex partners in the last 14 days are eligible for the vaccine. Anyone can get and spread monkeypox. The current cases are primarily spreading among social networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, so this community is currently at greater risk of exposure.

Routine vaccination is not recommended at this time. Other than vaccination, you can prevent monkeypox by:

  • Avoiding contact with people that have symptoms or are confirmed to have the virus, as well as materials they may have touched
  • Wearing a face mask around others
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer

Those who experience symptoms consistent with monkeypox, such as characteristic rashes or lesions, should contact their health care provider for a risk assessment. This includes anyone who traveled to countries where monkeypox cases have been reported or has had contact with a someone who has a similar rash or received a diagnosis of suspected or confirmed monkeypox.

More on monkeypox and scheduling a vaccination appointment from the NYC Department of Health: http://on.nyc.gov/monkeypox

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