What are the side effects, the risks of the monkeypox vaccine?

As California continues to battle another viral disease, monkeypox, residents have many questions about the new vaccine that health officials are urging some to roll up their sleeves to get.

A Bee reader contacted the California Utility Team curious about the side effects of the monekypox vaccine and when it will be available, as well as how to protect yourself against the disease.

Here is what we found:

Monkeypox Vaccine Side Effects

The monkeypox vaccine, when injected into the body, produces side effects similar to the flu vaccine or even the COVID-19 vaccine.

Monkeypox vaccine induces ‘minor reactions’ Sacramento County Public Health writes on its website. Symptoms include:

  • Slight fever
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen glands
  • Redness and itching where the vaccine was injected

How to protect yourself from monkeypox?

Although some people are at higher risk of contracting monkeypox, anyone can be infected, so it is important to know the symptoms of the disease.

Monkeypox causes lesions that look like pus-filled blisters, which eventually form a scab. CDC

The virus spread through contact with bodily fluids and respiratory droplets, according to Sacramento County Public Health. But it does not spread easily, the county wrote, and the droplets “do not travel more than a few feet.”

Here’s how to stay safe, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Avoid skin-to-skin contact with people who have monekypox-like rashes.
  • Do not touch objects that a person with monkeypox has used.
  • Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Am I eligible for the vaccine?

The Sacramento County Public Health Department recommends men who have sex with men and transgender people who meet one or more of these factors should get vaccinated against monkeypox:

  • Those who have tested positive for a sexually transmitted infection within the last two months.
  • Those who have had more than two sexual partners in the past three weeks.
  • Those who have visited or worked at a commercial sex venue in the past three weeks.
  • Those who have had sex in the last three weeks with other people they don’t know.

The California Department of Public Health is also committed to “reducing stigma within the LGBTQ community, which has been singled out and treated unfairly because of this outbreak,” said Dr. Tomás Aragón, director of the California Department of Public Health, according to a previous bee report.

“No individual or community is to blame for the spread of a virus,” the state public health official said.

Where can I get vaccinated in Sacramento?

Vaccines against monkeypox are rare.

When Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on Monday in response to the spread of the disease, it meant several things: more vaccines, testing and education around the disease.

Based on the number of monekypox cases reported and the number of at-risk residents in your area, the state will allocate vaccines to your local health department in the days and weeks ahead, Newsom’s office said Monday evening. declaration declaring a state of emergency in response to monkeypox.

“We will continue to work with the federal government to get more vaccines, raise awareness about harm reduction, and support the LGBTQ community in the fight against stigma,” Newsom said.

Sacramento LGBT Community Center in downtown Sacramento distributed a limited amount of monkeypox vaccine to eligible residents in recent weeks, but the supply ran out on Monday, the center wrote on its Facebook page.

People eligible for the vaccine can make an appointment with the Pucci pharmacy at 3257, boul. Folsom.

“Additional clinics will be scheduled as vaccine supplies increase,” Sacramento County Public Health wrote on its website.

How many people have been infected with monkeypox?

Monkeypox is not new.

Before this year’s epidemic, the first human case of monkeypox was detected in 1970According to the CDC.

California’s first case of monekypox was discovered May 24 in a resident who had recently returned from international travel.

About 800 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in California, the second highest number behind New York (1,617), according to the CDC. map of monkeypox cases in the United Stateslast update Tuesday.

The United States has recorded 6,326 cases, with zero cases detected in Montana and Wyoming, according to the CDC map.

Sacramento County has a total of 52 monkeypox cases as of Wednesday, according to the Sacramento County Department of Health Services.

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This story was originally published August 3, 2022 11:45 a.m.

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Brianna Taylor is a service desk reporter for The Sacramento Bee. A former Bee intern, Brianna has also reported from Missouri and Maryland. She graduated from Morgan State University.

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