Iowa has changed its monkeypox vaccine strategy

Iowa will soon begin giving priority to the first doses of the monkeypox vaccine. Iowa currently has 13 confirmed cases of monkeypox, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The Polk County Health Department is one of the local agencies that provides the vaccines, but patients must meet several requirements. According to the Polk County Health Department: People eligible for the monkeypox vaccine include: gay, bisexual, other men who have sex with men (MSM), or transgender people who are at least 18 years old. and falls into one of the following categories: New or multiple sexual partners within the past 30 days Close contact with others at a location or event within the past 30 days with a suspected, probable, or confirmed case of monkeypox. someone suspected, probable, or confirmed to have monkeypox “Clinics are starting to open, and that allows us to get more out of getting vaccines. and taking care of ourselves as a community,” said Maliki Magnon-Sosa with One Iowa, an LGBTQ equality organization. Magon-Sosa recently got vaccinated and believes others should too. Vaccines can be given through primary care. The county health departments in Polk, Linn and Scott counties say shingles is not considered a sexually transmitted disease by the CDC. Although it can be transmitted through close, intimate contact, One Iowa points out that it can also be spread in other ways. good and not just for men.” It can be transmitted through prolonged exposure to the face. And the contagious rash can also be spread by touching the affected face,” Magon-Sosa said. Currently, 2,500 doses of anti-monkey vaccine have been distributed to the state. Another 1,400 doses have been ordered. As everyone continues to learn more about the disease, it is recommended that you get tested to find out if you think you may have syphilis, tell people or your health care providers at that time — ‘Hey, I may have syphilis, but I’m going to get tested for sexual health. To schedule a vaccine, you can go to the Polk County Health Department website here. The state health department will soon open a call center. For more information, the Scientists Monkey Pox Like COVID-19 Through Respiratory Drops They are trying to determine whether it will spread or not.

Iowa will soon begin giving priority to the first doses of the monkeypox vaccine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are currently 13 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Iowa.

The Polk County Health Department is one of the local agencies providing the vaccine, but patients must meet several requirements to be eligible.

According to the Polk County Health Department:

People who are eligible for the monkeypox vaccine include: gay, bisexual, other men who have sex with men (MSM), or transgender people who are at least 18 years old, who are at high risk for the disease, and who fall into one of the following categories:

  • New or multiple sexual partners in the past 30 days
  • Close contact with others within the last 30 days of a suspected, probable or confirmed case of monkeypox
  • Be in close contact with someone who has suspected, probable, or confirmed monkeypox

“The clinics are starting to roll out and it gives us more access to vaccines and to take care of ourselves as a community,” said Maliki Manon-Sosa of One Iowa, an LGBTQ equality organization.

Magon-Sosa recently got vaccinated and believes others should too.

Vaccines are available through Primary Care and County Health Departments in Polk, Linn and Scott counties.

Monkey pox is not considered a sexually transmitted disease by the CDC.

Although it can be transmitted through close, intimate contact, One Iowa points out that it can spread in other ways, not just to men.

“It can be transmitted by prolonged contact with the face. And an infected rash can also be transmitted by touching the affected surface,” Magon-Sosa said.

Currently, more than 2,500 doses of anti-monkey vaccine have been allocated to the state. Another 1,400 doses were ordered.

As we all continue to learn more about the disease, if you think you may have it, it is recommended that you get tested to find out your status.

“If you think you have monkeypox, tell your folks or health care providers at that time — ‘Hey, I might have monkeypox, but I also want to get my sexual health checked,'” Magon-Sosa said.

Vaccination appointments can be made on the Polk County Health Department website here. The state health department will soon open a call center to provide additional information.

Scientists are trying to determine whether monkeypox is spread through respiratory droplets like COVID-19.

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