Limited supply of monkeypox vaccine in Hamilton County will go to most vulnerable

Limited supply of monkeypox vaccine in Hamilton County will go to most vulnerable
Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 6:31 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 10:50 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - A limited supply of monkeypox vaccine available right now in Hamilton County will go to the most vulnerable people - and everyone else will need to be patient, the county’s health commissioner urged Tuesday.

“With vaccine in limited supply, it’s important that we get to the most vulnerable populations,” Greg Kesterman said in a joint news conference with other county leaders and ones from the city of Cincinnati.

Hamilton County Public Health and the Cincinnati Health Department are offering their initial limited supply of monkeypox vaccination to high-risk groups in the city and county.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared monkeypox a national health emergency.

Several weeks ago, the Cincinnati Health Department informed the interim city manager’s office that Cincinnati had its first two confirmed cases of monkeypox.

In response, city officials say they have partnered closely with the county to be as proactive as possible and stop the spread of this virus.

While the CDC works to contain the current outbreak and learn more about the virus, city officials say it is important that citizens and health providers have up-to-date information so they can make informed choices when in spaces and situations where monkeypox could be spread.

What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a disease caused by a virus (monkeypox virus) not commonly seen in the United States. Monkeypox can cause a rash that may look like pimples or blisters, sometimes with a flu-like illness.

According to the CDC, symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever.
  • Headache.
  • Muscle aches and backache.
  • Swollen lymph nodes.
  • Chills.
  • Exhaustion.
  • A rash that can look like pimples or blisters and can appear on the face, inside the mouth and other parts of the body, such as the hands, feet, chest, genitals or anus. For Hamilton County residents that are concerned about fever, swollen glands, and a new rash, please contact your health care provider for evaluation.

For more information about monkeypox, please visit: https://www.hamiltoncountyhealth.org/services/programs/community-health-services-disease-prevention/monkeypox/

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