Monkeypox

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NOTE: Wake County Public Health is experiencing a high volume of requests about monkeypox vaccination and testing. We are working to get back to everyone as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Get checked. Get tested. Get protected.

Wake County Public Health, along with federal, state and local partners, are working closely together to investigate and monitor the current national outbreak of monkeypox. On July 6, Wake County announced the first confirmed case of the virus in our county.

Vaccination

Wake County Public Health does have a limited supply of monkeypox vaccine. Residents who have been exposed to someone who has had monkeypox, or who feel they are eligible to receive the vaccine can:

  • Call our monkeypox call center at  919-212-9398, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • Fill out the online form linked below:

Monkeypox Vaccine Request Form

You are not guaranteed a vaccine by filling out this form; however, if you receive a message at the end of survey that you are eligible, our staff will call you to schedule a vaccine appointment as soon as vaccine is available. If you are not yet eligible, you will be added to a list to potentially receive a vaccine in the future depending on your risk factors and the available supply.

Testing

Monkeypox testing is by appointment only. If you would like to be tested for monkeypox, please call ahead to 919-212-9398 to be scheduled.

Symptoms

Monkeypox is a rare, but potentially serious, viral illness that typically involves flu-like symptoms. According to the CDC, symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever;
  • Headache;
  • Muscle aches and backache;
  • Swollen lymph nodes;
  • Chills;
  • Exhaustion; and
  • A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals or anus.
     

Monkeypox Vaccine

Vaccines are available in limited supply, at no cost, for individuals with known or suspected exposure to monkeypox. This includes:

  • People who have been in close physical contact with someone diagnosed with monkeypox in the last 14 days (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis or PEP)
  • Men who have sex with men, or transgender individuals, who report any of the following in the last 90 days:
    • Having multiple or anonymous sex partners
    • Being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection
    • Receiving HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • Certain healthcare workers and public health response team members designated by public health authorities
     

Wake County has received the JYNNEOS vaccine, also known as Imvamune or Imvanex, which is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of monkeypox virus infection. According to the CDC, when properly administered before or after a recent exposure, these vaccines are an effective tool to protect people from illness. Our clinical staff will work with each patient on an individual basis about any special considerations, including asking you a history of previous allergic reactions. JYNNEOS is safe to use if you have HIV. It’s also safe if you have eczema or other skin conditions, or of you have any other conditions that weaken your immune system.

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