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Residents can call the Public Health Call Center for more information on monkeypox, including general information, testing, treatment, and vaccines.
(833) 540-0473
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Public Health recommends that you speak to your primary care provider.

If you do not have a regular provider, call 2-1-1 for assistance. In addition, people that have developed a rash can access services at Public Health’s Sexual Health Clinics.

View the Public Health Sexual Health Clinic Schedule (PDF)

For home isolation, cleaning, and guidance if exposed, see resources.

Monkeypox vaccine availability

Updated: August 12, 2022

The federal supply of monkeypox vaccine remains limited. The Public Health priority is to administer a first dose of vaccine to as many people who are at higher risk for monkeypox exposure as possible. When the vaccine supply improves, Public Health will make second doses available.

Eligibility Criteria:

Monkeypox vaccine is available to gay or bisexual men and transgender persons 18 years of age and older who:

  • Had multiple or anonymous sex partners in the last 14 days including engaging in survival and/or transactional sex (e.g., sex in exchange for shelter, food and other goods and needs)

Note: If you are immunocompromised (including if you have advanced or uncontrolled HIV), you may be at high risk for severe disease and will be prioritized for vaccination.

If you met the prior eligibility criteria you are still eligible for vaccination (i.e., you are a gay or bisexual man or a transgender person and you had gonorrhea or early syphilis in the past 12 months; or you are on HIV PrEP; or you had anonymous sex or sex with multiple partners within the past 21 days in a commercial sex venue or other venue).

Due to the limited number of vaccines, the pre-registration link for monkeypox vaccine has reached capacity and is currently paused. Please subscribe to our monkeypox newsletter on our monkeypox website to be notified when pre-registration may reopen. Those already registered will receive a text message from Public Health inviting them to be vaccinated over the next 1-2 days. Please do not call or show up at monkeypox vaccination clinics or public walk-up sites without a personal text message invitation from Public Health as this is required proof of verification.

Debido a la cantidad limitada de vacunas, la pre- inscripción para la vacuna contra la viruela del mono ha alcanzado su límite y actualmente está en pausa. Los que ya están registrados recibirán un mensaje de texto de Salud Pública invitándolos a vacunarse durante las próximas 1 a 2 semanas mientras haiga suministro. Favor de no llamar ni presentarte a las clínicas de vacunación contra la viruela del mono en los sitios de vacunación sin tu invitación (por medio de un mensaje de texto dirigido a ti) de parte de Salud Pública ya que esto es una prueba de verificación requerida.

If you have monkeypox symptoms or are currently under isolation for monkeypox, please do not attend the vaccination clinics or walk-up sites. If you think you have monkeypox please speak with a provider and get tested. If you do not have a provider, call 2-1-1 for assistance.

Public Health is also directly communicating with the following groups to provide vaccination:

  • People who have had high- or intermediate-risk contact with someone with monkeypox (as defined by CDC and confirmed by Public Health).
  • People who attended an event or venue where there was high risk of exposure through skin-to-skin or sexual contact to individual(s) with monkeypox. (Public Health will work with event/venue organizers to identify persons who may have been present and at risk of exposure).
  • Persons experiencing homelessness (PEH) with high-risk behaviors.
  • People in high-risk cohorts identified by clinical staff in the LA County Jail system.

Current Situation in LA County

Public Health is continuing to investigate and conduct contact tracing. For any close contact, Public Health will monitor and coordinate post-exposure prevention for close contacts, as needed.

The risk of monkeypox in the general population remains very low based on the information available.

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About Monkeypox

Key symptom: Rash

Rash, bumps, or blisters

The rash may:

  • Look like bumps, pimples, blisters, sores, or scabs
  • Be anywhere on the body including on the genitals, anus, mouth, hands, and face.
  • Be in just one area or may spread over the body.
  • Be itchy, or painful (especially if the rash is inside the mouth or anus).

Other symptoms: Flu-like symptoms

Fever / chills

Exhaustion, muscle aches, and headache

Swollen lymph nodes

  • Flu-like symptoms can appear 1-4 days before the rash starts or after the rash starts.
  • Not everyone will get these symptoms.

Symptoms usually start 5-21 days after exposure
Most people recover in 2-4 weeks

What is monkeypox? How does it spread? What does it look like? How can I prevent monkeypox?

How do you test for monkeypox?

If you have a rash that might be due to monkeypox, your health provider will evaluate you and, based on their assessment, may swab your rash for testing. The swabs are sent to a lab, and the test result should be available in a few days. There are no self-tests or home tests for monkeypox at this time.

Until you know you don’t have monkeypox, it is important to follow monkeypox isolation instructions.

How is monkeypox treated?

Many people with monkeypox have a mild illness and recover without any antiviral treatment, usually in 2 to 4 weeks. There are no FDA approved medicines to specifically treat monkeypox infection. But an antiviral medicine called tecovirimat (or TPOXX) is FDA approved to treat smallpox and can be used to treat people with monkeypox. TPOXX can be given to people with severe monkeypox, including lesions in sensitive areas or pain that is not controlled with over-the-counter remedies, and to people who are more likely to get severely ill (see question below).

Your doctor can also prescribe non-monkeypox medicines that can help reduce pain and irritation from the rash or sores.

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