How to Protect Yourself
Mpox Prevention Steps
These five steps can help you protect yourself from getting mpox:
- The JYNNEOS vaccine is approved for prevention of mpox. Getting both doses provides the best protection. You should get two doses 4 weeks apart.
- You can choose where to get the vaccine. You can get it in your forearm, upper back, or shoulder.
- Use the Mpox Vaccine Locator to find nearby healthcare locations in your area that provide mpox vaccinations.
- If you are at risk for mpox but haven’t received your two-dose vaccine yet, temporarily changing some parts of your sex life might reduce the risk of exposure to the virus.
- A rave, party, or club where there is minimal clothing and where there is direct, personal, often skin-to-skin contact has some risk. Avoid any rash you see on others and consider minimizing skin-to-skin contact.
This might include skin with what appears to be a rash, pimples, blisters, or scabs.
- The rash might appear on the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, vagina) or anus and could be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth. Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with mpox.
- Do not kiss, hug, cuddle, or have sex with someone with mpox.
- Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with mpox.
- Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with mpox.
- If you or someone you live with has mpox, follow steps for Cleaning and Disinfecting your Home.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after you use the bathroom.
- Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect you, your family, and your friends from getting sick.
If you are living in or visiting Central or West Africa, avoid contact with animals that can spread mpox virus, usually rodents and primates.
Watch for symptoms of mpox for 21 days from the date of your last exposure. If you have symptoms, such as a rash, visit a healthcare provider.