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

LANSING, Mich. – If you’ve been exposed monkeypox or suspect that you have been exposed, you should contact your local health department to obtain the vaccination.

They’ve been there since Thursday 27 confirmed or suspected cases of monkeypox in the state. As part of his response, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has published a guide to the administration of the vaccine.

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

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“Although the supply of vaccines is limited, we are committed to using all doses of the vaccine as they become available to help mitigate the spread,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS CEO. “We have issued a partner guide to our local health department to ensure that those most at risk of MPV are given priority. 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 case map and everything you should know about the symptoms

Read more about vaccines

There are two vaccines authorized by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent monkeypox infection: JYNNEOS (also known as Imvamune or Imvanex) and ACAM2000. There is still no data 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 the disease from the monkeypox virus. The CDC recommends administering the vaccine within 4 days of the date of exposure for the best chance of preventing the onset of the disease.

What is Michigan doing?

MDHHS is following these strategies when it comes to vaccination:

  • Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP): Vaccinate individuals following intermediate or high-risk exposure to MPV to prevent disease.

  • Extended post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP ++): vaccination of individuals with risk behaviors in geographic areas, contexts, events or places with known transmission of MPV in the past 14 days.

The CDC recommends administering the PEP vaccine within four days of the exposure date. Given between four and 14 days it may reduce symptoms but may not prevent monkeypox.

How many vaccines does Michigan have?

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

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

The hubs are located in the following areas (telephone numbers and links to county health departments are also posted):

Health departments may contact suitable individuals who have been identified as close contacts. If you know or suspect that you have had contact with someone who has 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 spread to anyone through close personal contact, often skin-to-skin.

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

It is known to spread through the following methods:

  • Direct contact with the MPV rash, scabs, or bodily fluids of a person with MPV. This is believed to be the most common way MPV is currently spreading in the United States

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

  • Touching objects, textiles (clothes, sheets or towels) and surfaces that have been used by people with MPV.

  • Contact with respiratory secretions.

If you feel unwell or have a rash, don’t attend meetings and go to your doctor.

The CDC is urging health care workers to pay attention to monkeypox symptoms regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

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

Symptoms of monkeypox

Symptoms usually appear a week or two after infection. Sometimes people get a rash first, then other symptoms. Others just get a rash.

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Symptoms of monkeypox include the following:

  • Fever

  • Headache

  • Muscle aches and back pain

  • Enlarged lymph nodes

  • Chills

  • Exhaustion

  • A rash that may resemble 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 anus.

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