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Monkeypox

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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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IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE MONKEYPOX

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 17, 2022

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On, August 9, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to allow the use of JYNNEOS (a vaccine that prevents Monkeypox disease) to be given between layers of the skin (intradermally) for people 18 years of age and older* at high risk for monkeypox infection. The EUA also allows the vaccine to be given beneath the skin (subcutaneously) for people younger than 18 years of age at high risk for monkeypox infection.

These changes make it possible for the federal supply of monkeypox vaccine doses to increase, which helps ensure that eligible Los Angeles County residents complete the two-dose series as recommended.

*Eligible people of any age who have a history of developing keloid scars should get the vaccine beneath the skin (subcutaneously), not between the layers of the skin (intradermally).

Residents who received their first dose of vaccine over 28 days ago are now eligible to receive their second dose. Persons who signed up for their first dose on this website and received a text from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (DPH) about that dose, will automatically receive another text from DPH inviting them to return for a second dose when it is their turn. Persons who received their first dose with their health care provider should contact their health care provider to schedule an appointment for a second dose.

Eligibility Criteria:

Monkeypox vaccine is available to gay or bisexual men and transgender persons 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).

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 intimate contact to individual(s) with monkeypox.
  • Persons experiencing homelessness (PEH) with high-risk behaviors.
  • People in high-risk cohorts identified by clinical staff in the LA County Jail system.

Consent for Minors:

  • Currently, a consent form is required for all minors aged 6 months through 17 at each visit.
  • Youth 16 and 17 years of age should be accompanied by their parent. or legal guardian if possible. If this is not possible, they must bring a consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian.
  • Children ages 6 months through 15 years must be accompanied by their parent, legal guardian, or a responsible adult. If the child is accompanied by a responsible adult, the consent form must name the responsible person and be signed by the parent or legal guardian.

If you meet any of the above criteria, you can sign-up on-line for vaccination.

MONKEYPOX VACCINATION SIGN-UP

When it is your turn, Public Health will send a text message with instructions for how/where to get your vaccine. When you go to the monkeypox vaccine location, be ready to show the text message and your ID for verification. If you do not have access to internet or need assistance with registration, call the DPH Call center at 1-833-540-0473

If you have monkeypox symptoms or are currently under isolation for monkeypox, please do not come to 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.

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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