Your monkeypox questions answered as vaccine access expands

Editor's note:This story was originally published July 25 onUCLA Health's Connect blog. It was  updated Aug. 2.As monkeypox spreads across the United States, there are now documented cases in Los Angeles County. As of July 25, there were 162 confirmed cases in Los Angeles County and at least 3,400 cases in the United States, prompting fears of another coronavirus-style outbreak.Monkeypox, however, is an entirely different virus. It is not a respiratory illness like COVID-19, notes  Dr. Omai Garner, director of clinical microbiology for UCLA Health.“It’s a different disease and it’s not the kind of thing that transmits like COVID does,” Garner said. “Still, it’s a new outbreak and we need to take the lessons we learned from COVID and use them now.”Access to  vaccines to protect against monkeypox is expanding across the country, including in Los Angeles County, where some 24,000 doses are now available. Given the limited supply, vaccines are being offered by the county department of public health to select individuals:People who ’ve had high-risk contact with infected individuals;those who ’ve attended an event where there was high risk of exposure to someone with a confirmed case of monkeypox;gay or bisexual men and transgender adults who have been diagnosed with gonorrhea or early syphilis, take HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis medication or attended or worked in a venue where they had anonymous sex or sex with multiple partners.People who meet these crite...
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