Contact your health department for a vaccine if you have been exposed to monkeypox

LANSING, Mich. – If you have been exposed to monkey pox or suspect you have been exposed, you should contact your local health department to get vaccinated.

Since Thursday, there have been 27 confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox in the state. As part of his response, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services published guidelines on the administration of vaccines.

Antiviral drugs and vaccines developed to protect against smallpox can be used to prevent and treat monkeypox infections. Click here for information on how to contact your local health department.

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“While the vaccine supply is limited, we are working to use all vaccine doses as soon as they are available to help mitigate the spread,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, medical director of MDHHS. “We have provided guidance to our local health service partners to help ensure those most at risk of VPD are prioritized. Michigan residents who know they have been exposed to MPV or suspect they have been exposed should contact their local health department to get vaccinated.

Read more: Where is monkeypox in Michigan? Here is a map of the cases and everything you need to know about the symptoms

Learn more about vaccines

Two vaccines licensed by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are available to prevent monkeypox infection – JYNNEOS (also known as Imvamune or Imvanex) and ACAM2000. There are no data yet available on the effectiveness of these vaccines in the current outbreak, according to the CDC.

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There is also post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for monkeypox. People can be vaccinated after exposure to monkeypox to help prevent disease caused by the monkeypox virus. The CDC recommends that the vaccine be given within 4 days of the exposure date to have the best chance of preventing the onset of disease.

What is Michigan doing?

MDHHS follows these immunization strategies:

  • Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP): Vaccination of people after intermediate- or high-risk exposure to MPV to prevent disease.

  • Extended post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP++): Vaccination of people exhibiting risk behaviors in geographic areas, settings, events or places where transmission of MPV is known in the last 14 days.

The CDC recommends that the vaccine be given for PEP within four days of the date of exposure. If given between four and 14 days, it can reduce symptoms but cannot prevent monkeypox.

How many vaccines does Michigan have?

Michigan has received more than 3,800 doses of JYNNEOS vaccine.

The vaccine has been distributed to the centers which will redistribute the vaccines to other areas of the state as needed.

Hubs are located in the following areas (phone numbers and links to county health departments are also shown):

Health services can contact eligible people who have been identified as close contacts. If you know or think you have been in contact with someone with monkeypox, you should contact your local health department for more information.

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Who can get monkeypox?

MPV is a disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus.

Monkeypox can be spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact.

It belongs to the genus Orthopoxvirus, which also includes variola virus (which causes smallpox), vaccinia virus (used in the vaccine against smallpox), and cowpox virus. It’s not related to chickenpox.

It is known to be spread by the following methods:

  • Direct contact with MPV rashes, scabs, or bodily fluids from someone with MPV. This is currently thought to be the most common means of MPV spread in the United States.

  • Through contact with someone with VPD during common activities such as sex, cuddling, massage, kissing, and prolonged face-to-face contact

  • Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels) and surfaces that have been used by someone with MPV.

  • Contact with respiratory secretions.

If you feel sick or have a rash, do not attend gatherings and see your doctor.

The CDC urges healthcare providers to be on the lookout for symptoms of monkeypox, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

Although many people affected by the current outbreak are part of the LGBTQ+ community, anyone who has been in close contact with someone with VPD can contract the disease.

Symptoms of Monkey Pox

Symptoms usually appear one to two weeks after infection. Sometimes people have a rash first and then other symptoms. Others only get a rash.

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Symptoms of monkeypox include the following:

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Muscle pain and back pain

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Chills

  • Exhaustion

  • A rash that may look like pimples or blisters that appear on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, such as the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or throat. anus.

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