Published on July 20, 2022

Monkeypox Vaccination and Treatment

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We are proud to be selected to provide the monkeypox vaccine to NJ residents at risk.

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Monkeypox Vaccine Information Statement

Jynneos Factsheet

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Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus.

Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.

How does monkeypox spread?

Monkeypox is rare and does not spread easily between people without close contact. The virus can spread from person to person through direct contact.

Prevention and Treatment

The CDC recommends several steps to prevent getting monkeypox:

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people with a rash that looks like monkeypox.
    • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
    • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle, or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
    • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Currently, the CDC recommends the monkeypox vaccine for individuals who are verified exposed, and the NJ Department of Health also includes the following individuals for possible vaccination:

  • For residents without a confirmed exposure who believe they may have been exposed or are at high risk for having been exposed to monkeypox in the past 14 days, the vaccine is now available through three community partners via appointments only.
  • In addition to known exposed individuals, the vaccine is now available to:
    • Individuals that attended an event where confirmed monkeypox exposure occurred
    • Individuals who identify as gay, bisexual, or men who have sex with men (MSM), or transgender, gender non-conforming, or non-binary individuals with a history of multiple or anonymous sex partners within the past 14 days.

Contact your healthcare provider for testing and vaccine eligibility if you believe you were exposed to monkeypox within the past 14 days.

When are you infectious (transmission period)?

Monkeypox can spread when symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The healing process can take several weeks.

What are the symptoms?

Monkeypox symptoms can include :

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • Rash

As per the CDC, the threat of monkeypox to the general U.S. population remains LOW.

Precautions

If you are sick with monkeypox:

  • Contact your health care provider
  • Isolate at home
  • If you have an active rash or other symptoms, stay in a separate room or area away from people or pets you live with, when possible.

Individuals must inform their physician and health department officials of other individuals who may have been exposed to monkeypox (i.e., contacts) so that the public health department can talk to exposed contacts and, if needed, provide medical care. Identifying potential contacts will help them receive the proper treatments and protect others in the community from getting infected by monkeypox.

For more information on monkeypox, visit:

For a directory of New Jersey local health departments, visit https://www.nj.gov/health/lh/documents/LocalHealthDirectory.pdf.

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