Iowa shifts monkeypox vaccine strategy due to limited supply

Iowa will soon start prioritizing 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 local agency providing Vaccines but patients must meet a few requirements to be eligible. According to the Polk County Health Department: Eligible individuals for the monkeypox vaccine include: Gay, bisexual, other men who have sex with men (MSM), or transgender individuals who are at least 18 years of age, at increased likelihood of exposure and are included in one of the following categories: New or multiple sex partners within the last 30 days Close contact with others at a venue or event in the last 30 days where a suspected, probable, or confirmed case of monkeypox was identified Close contact with someone suspected, probable, or confirmed as having monkeypox “Clinics are starting to be rolled out and it gives us a greater potential to capitalize on getting Vaccines a nd taking care of ourselves as a community,” said Malycki Mañon-Sosa with One Iowa, a LGBTQ equality organization. Mañon-Sosa says he’s recently received his vaccination and thinks others should do the same. Vaccines can be given through Primary Health Care and the county health departments in Polk, Linn and Scott countiesMonkeypox is not considered a sexually transmitted disease by the CDC. While it can be transmitted through close, intimate contact, there is emphasis by One Iowa to share that it can be spread in other ways as well and not only to men.”It can be spread through prolonged face exposure. And it can be spread by contacting a surface that an infectious rash has Touched as well,” Mañon-Sosa said. Right now, more than 2,500 doses of the monkeypox vaccine have been allocated to the state. Another 1,400 doses have been ordered. As we all continue to learn more about the illness, testing to know your status is encouraged if you think you’ve been exposed.”If you think that you may have monkeypox, let the folks or your medical providers know at that time — ‘Hey , I might have monkeypox, but I want to get my sexual health screened as well,'” Mañon-Sosa said. You can make a vaccine appointment on the Polk County Health Department website here. The state health department will also open a call center soon to provide more information. Scientists are still trying to determine if monkeypox spreads through respiratory droplets like COVID-19.

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Iowa will soon start prioritizing 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 local agency providing Vaccines but patients must meet a few requirements to be eligible.

According to the Polk County Health Department:

Eligible individuals for the monkeypox vaccine include: Gay, bisexual, other men who have sex with men (MSM), or transgender individuals who are at least 18 years of age, at increased likelihood of exposure and are included in one of the following categories:

  • New or multiple sex partners within the last 30 days
  • Close contact with others at a venue or event in the last 30 days where a suspected, probable, or confirmed case of monkeypox was identified
  • Close contact with someone suspected, probable, or confirmed as having monkeypox

“Clinics are starting to be rolled out and it gives us a greater potential to capitalize on getting Vaccines and taking care of ourselves as a community,” said Malycki Mañon-Sosa with One Iowa, a LGBTQ equality organization.

Mañon-Sosa says he’s recently received his vaccination and thinks others should do the same.

Vaccines can be given through Primary Health Care and the county health departments in Polk, Linn and Scott counties

Monkeypox is not considered a sexually transmitted disease by the CDC.

While it can be transmitted through close, intimate contact, there is emphasis by One Iowa to share that it can be spread in other ways as well and not only to men.

“It can be spread through prolonged face exposure. And it can be spread by contacting a surface that an infectious rash has touched as well,” Mañon-Sosa said.

Right now, more than 2,500 doses of the monkeypox vaccine have been allocated to the state. Another 1,400 doses have been ordered.

As we all continue to learn more about the illness, testing to know your status is encouraged if you think you’ve been exposed.

“If you think that you may have monkeypox, let the folks or your medical providers know at that time — ‘Hey, I might have monkeypox, but I want to get my sexual health screened as well,'” Mañon-Sosa said.

You can make a vaccine appointment on the Polk County Health Department website here. The state health department will also open a call center soon to provide more information.

Scientists are still trying to determine if monkeypox spreads through respiratory droplets like COVID-19.

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