How to organize your vaccination record for COVID, monkeypox and more

Vaccines have risen in importance and public awareness over the past two years of the coronavirus pandemic. Recent studies show that vaccines prevented 19.8 million deaths from COVID-19 in the first year. The ever-evolving sub-variants of omicron have lost the effectiveness of the vaccine against the infection, but the main goal of the original vaccine recipe is to prevent severe illness and hospitalization.

We are also facing the rapid global spread of the monkeypox virus. The CDC has reported more than 5,000 infections in the US, the most of any country in the world. The window to eliminate this virus from the US is closing fast. If we do not act soon, monkeypox may become another endemic virus in this country.

The CDC estimates that approximately 1.6 million gay and bisexual men in the U.S. are at high risk of contracting monkeypox (although anyone can get it) and are eligible for vaccination. But despite the current shipment of the two-dose Jynneos vaccine, that still leaves about 1 million people vulnerable until the next round of doses arrives in October.

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