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Monkeypox Vaccination

At a Glance

Monkeypox vaccination

Monkeypox is a rare viral disease that occurs mainly in the rain forest countries of central and west Africa. There is no specific treatment for monkeypox. In Africa, people who got the smallpox vaccine in the past had a lower risk of monkeypox. CDC has sent out guidelines explaining when smallpox vaccine should be used to protect against monkeypox. For example, people taking care of pets or someone infected with monkeypox should think about getting vaccinated.

 

What You Should Know

About the Disease

In early June 2003, the first outbreak of human monkeypox was reported among several people in the United States who got sick after having contact with sick pet prairie dogs.

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Vaccine Information

The smallpox vaccine is the best way to prevent monkeypox in someone who is exposed.

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Vaccine Safety

As with all vaccines, there can be minor reactions, including pain and redness at the injection site, headache, fatigue or a vague feeling of discomfort.

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Who Should Not be Vaccinated?

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For Health Professionals

Clinical Information on Monkeypox

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Recommendations

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References and Resources

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Materials for Patients

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