SCVNews.com | Public Health Aligns Monkeypox Vaccination Efforts with Federal Strategy

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is aligned with the federal nationwide monkeypox vaccination strategy. Although vaccine doses are limited, the strategy will protect those most at risk of exposure to the monkey. To date, Public Health has administered approximately 800 doses of the vaccine to residents who have been in contact with confirmed cases.

As of July 1, 34 probable and confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in Los Angeles County.

Consistent with the nationwide strategy, JYNNEOS vaccine is offered to the following Los Angeles County residents who are at high risk for confirmed cases of monkeypox:

Persons certified by Public Health as having high or intermediate risk contact with a confirmed case of monkeypox;
Individuals who attended an event/venue where there was a high risk of exposure to an individual with confirmed monkeypox virus through skin-to-skin or sexual contact. Public Health will work with event/event organizers to identify individuals who may be present and at risk while at the event location.

Public Health will either contact participants directly or with the support of event/event organizers to inform attendees of their potential exposure and provide details on how to access the JYNNEOS vaccine.

Because the supply of JYNNEOS vaccine is extremely limited in the United States, residents who have not been contacted by Public Health cannot be vaccinated at this time. As the vaccine supply increases, Public Health will follow a federal strategy to vaccinate others in high-risk groups.

Monkeypox, a rare disease caused by infection with a monkeypox virus, is rarely fatal. Monkeypox can be spread when a person has close contact with a person infected with the monkeypox virus or when a person comes into contact with materials contaminated with the virus (eg, bedding, towels). The monkeypox virus can also be transmitted from animals to humans.

The monkeypox virus can be spread by:

– A monkey pox lesion on human skin

– touching contaminated objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, towels) and surfaces that have been in contact with a monkeypox patient

– Contact with respiratory droplets or secretions from the eyes, nose, and mouth of a person with monkeypox

Los Angeles County is encouraging people who have symptoms consistent with monkeypox, such as a characteristic rash or lesions, people who have traveled to countries where cases of smallpox have been reported, or people who have had close contact, including sexual contact, with one , who has or has had a similar rash. Suspected or confirmed monkeypox diagnosis, contact their healthcare provider for a risk assessment. Those without a regular provider should call 2-1-1 for help.

For more information, visit: Public Health Monkeypox.

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