Monkeypox Immunization Guide – Forbes Health

The CDC recommends vaccination against monkeypox if you have had close contact with someone with monkeypox or if one of your sexual partners in the past two weeks has been diagnosed with the disease.

Eligibility is also open to men and transgender or intersex people who have sex with men and who have had sex in the past two weeks:

  • With multiple partners or a group
  • In a place for commercial sex
  • At an event, place or area where monkeypox is transmitted

The CDC notes that vaccination is not currently recommended for anyone who is sexually active, nor for the general public. However, if eligibility changes, CDC will update its guidelines and website accordingly.

If you have been exposed to monkeypox, get the vaccine as soon as possible after exposure, ideally within four days, to get the best chance of preventing the disease or reducing its effects.

The JYNNEOS vaccine is approved for use in people 18 years of age or older, while ACAM2000 can be used in people 1 year of age and older who are found to be at high risk of infection. Only 17 cases of monkeypox have been reported in children younger than 16, according to the CDC.

Where can I get a monkeypox vaccine?

Kristen Nordlund, acting deputy branch chief of the news media branch at the CDC, advises people to “contact your local or state health department or talk to your health care provider” to find out if you’re eligible and where get the monkeypox vaccine.

While your local health department is your best bet, some large cities also have vaccines at public health clinics, hospitals, or other places designated to distribute the vaccine.

As of early September 2022, there is a shortage of monkeypox vaccines, limiting access in certain areas as well as the eligibility pool. “The federal government distributes vaccines to state health departments based on at-risk populations where the disease is really spreading,” says Dr. Dobrzynski. “Then state health departments decide where to go in their own state.”

It also notes that eligibility is based on the person’s permanent residence. “We encourage people to stay in their county,” he says, rather than travel to another city or area to get a shot.

The monkeypox vaccine is free. You may face administrative fees at some medical facilities, but the provider can’t deny you the vaccine if you can’t pay those fees, the CDC says.

(Note: Product data and pricing are accurate at time of publication and subject to change.)

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