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Aug 4, 2022

Monkeypox Vaccine Update

San Diego County and California public health officials have issued orders to prevent the spread of monkeypox. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that the risk to the general public at this time is small. If you are concerned that you have been exposed to someone with monkeypox or have symptoms, please contact your health care provider.

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What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox is an unusual disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. It is spread through direct, prolonged skin-to-skin contact with infectious sores, scabs, or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or contaminated clothing, bedding, or towels (i.e., via fomites). Monkeypox can spread during intimate contact between people, including during sex, as well as activities like kissing, cuddling, or touching parts of the body with monkeypox sores.

Is TrueCare offering the Monkeypox vaccine?

The monkeypox JYNNEOS® vaccine is limited and San Diego and Riverside Counties are coordinating its efforts with local organizations. TrueCare does not have the vaccine.

Those who wish to get vaccinated can call 211 to schedule an appointment with a facility near you.

What are symptoms of monkeypox?

Some symptoms of monkeypox may include rash, fever, muscle aches, and respiratory symptoms. Although most cases of monkeypox resolve within a few weeks, monkeypox can cause serious symptoms, including severe pain, hospitalization and, in rare cases, death.

Where can I get the vaccine?

The vaccine is in limited supply. Based on CDC and CDPH guidance, the County of San Diego is currently prioritizing vaccination for:

  • People who have been identified by known cases as intimate or otherwise close contacts of a person diagnosed with monkeypox.
  • Those who have been intimate or otherwise had skin-to-skin contact with a person who has a monkeypox-like rash.
  • People who have attended an event where a diagnosed case has been reported.
  • Those who are part of a community among whom there are monkeypox infections. At this time, this includes gay, bisexual, and other men who have had more than one sex partner in the last month.

If you have questions about monkeypox or have symptoms, please contact your health care provider or send message through MyChart.

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