(WBNG) – The Broome County Health Department is now offering the JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine by walk-in appointment.
Walk-ins are available every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a break between noon and 12:30 p.m.
The monkeypox vaccine is a two-dose series for the prevention of monkeypox in adults ages 18 and older, the health department said. Doses are given 28 days apart.
“Monkeypox is a viral illness that begins with symptoms including fever, headache, muscle aches, chills and exhaustion,” the department said. “Viral disease that begins with symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills and exhaustion. Soon after, a rash of flesh-colored bumps appears that looks like pimples or blisters. Although monkeypox is rarely a life-threatening disease, it can be very painful. Currently, cases are declining in the county, but the threat of infection is still present. »
The vaccine is offered to people 18 years of age or older who:
Have been recently exposed to a suspected or confirmed case of monkeypox within the last 14 days
- People at high risk of recent exposure to monkeypox, including gay men and members of the bisexual, transgender, gender nonconfirming and other men who have sex with men communities who have had intimate relationships or skin-to-skin contact with others in the past 14 days when monkeypox is spreading.
- People who have had skin-to-skin contact with someone on a social network exhibiting monkeypox activity, including men who have sex with men who meet partners through an online website, digital app ( “application”) or social events, such as a bar or party.
- Any individual may be at risk of future exposure to monkeypox infection, even if they are not at high risk of recent exposure to monkeypox.
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