IDPH announces prioritization for first dose of monkeypox vaccines

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Steve Sierzega receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., Wednesday, March 27, 2019.Seth Wenig/AP Photo

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced Thursday that due to limited supplies of the vaccine for monkeypox, the state is prioritizing the first dose of the vaccine for those eligible.

The IDPH in a press release said that unless people are in certain elevated risk categories, they should receive only an initial dose of the MPV vaccine until more supplies become available.

Illinois is currently reporting 401 cases of confirmed or probable monkeypox in the state, with 85% of them in the City of Chicago and the rest in 13 counties around the state, including Cook County, according to the department. The state has received 7,371 doses of the Jynneos vaccine and the City of Chicago has received 18,707 doses. The state has designated 4,631 doses of its inventory to the City of Chicago

Monkeypox is a disease that does not spread easily between people without close contact and has primarily affected men who have sex with men. However, anyone, regardless of sexual orientation, can spread monkeypox through contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores, or shared items (such as clothing and bedding) that have been contaminated with fluids or sores of a person with monkeypox. The virus can also spread between people through respiratory droplets typically in a close setting, such as the same household or a healthcare setting. Common household disinfectants can kill the monkeypox virus.

For more information about IDPH’s response to MPV, go to: https://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/monkeypox.html;

For more information on the national response, go to: https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/outbreak/us-outbreaks.html.

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