Monkeypox vaccine available in Miss. for people with highest risk
JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi State Department of Health announced Thursday the expanded eligibility for Monkeypox vaccine to reduce the spread of the illness in Mississippi.
The vaccine is available by appointment only at county health department clinics in Lee, Panola, Leflore, Lowndes, Lauderdale, Adams, Hinds, Forrest and Harrison counties.
As of Aug. 11, eleven cases of Monkeypox have been identified in the state. The number of cases is expected to continue to increase. Nationwide, more than 10,000 cases have been identified.
|Individuals 18 years or older may be eligible for vaccination if they:|
|• Have been notified or are aware of close intimate or sexual contact with someone diagnosed with Monkeypox, OR|
• Identify as gay, bisexual, transgender, or other men who have sex with men, who report
• Having had multiple or anonymous sex partners, OR
• Having attended an event or venue where Monkeypox may have been transmitted (for example, by
skin-to-skin contact or sex on-site).
In the United States, most cases have been among individuals who report male to male sexual contact.
“While anyone who is exposed to Monkeypox through close person-to-person or intimate contact may become infected, most of the cases being seen in this outbreak are among individuals who are gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers.
Very few doses of Monkeypox vaccine have been received in Mississippi. The two-dose vaccine is now being made available to those at highest risk for potential exposure to monkeypox, in addition to vaccination of those with known contact to cases identified through MSDH investigations.
Vaccination appointments are available to those who meet the above criteria. These criteria will be reevaluated to expand eligibility as more vaccine is available in the coming weeks.
Please call the Monkeypox Call Center at 1-877-978-6453 to determine your eligibility and make a vaccination appointment at one of the participating health department clinics. Appointments can only be made through the call center.
If you are at risk for Monkeypox, you can help prevent infection by avoiding close skin to skin or intimate contact with people who may be infected, and you should be vaccinated if you are eligible. If you develop a new or unexplained rash, especially if you have been in close contact with someone who has Monkeypox, isolate at home and contact your healthcare provider for testing.
For more information on monkeypox, visit HealthyMS.com/monkeypox.
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