During recent weeks, there has been an increase in the number of individuals who have tested positive for orthopoxvirus in New York City.
The monkeypox virus is most often spread through direct contact with a rash or sores of someone who has the virus. It can also spread through contact with clothing, bedding and other items used by a person with monkeypox, or from respiratory droplets that can be passed through prolonged face-to-face contact. For more information about transmission, prevention, and symptoms please visit here.
According to the CDC, men who have sex with men, as well as those who are in close contact with them, are currently at a higher risk for exposure to the virus, though anyone can get the virus.
Eligible New Yorkers who may have been recently exposed to monkeypox can get the JYNNEOSTMvaccine. This vaccine has been approved by the FDA for the prevention of monkeypox in people ages 18 and older.
Getting vaccinated after a recent exposure may reduce the chance of you getting monkeypox, and it can reduce symptoms if you do get it. People should get two doses, at least four weeks apart.
Vaccine supply remains low. NYC is receiving a limited number of doses from the federal government, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is making them available to New Yorkers as quickly as possible.
To get text alerts about vaccination appointments and other monkeypox updates for NYC, text “MONKEYPOX” to 692-692.
You can read more about vaccination eligibility requirements here.
For more information about monkeypox (orthopoxvirus) please visit here.