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What to do if you are exposed

Monkeypox (hMPXV) doesn’t spread easily. To get it, you need skin-to-skin contact with someone who is sick with hMPXV. You can also get hMPXV from handling clothing, bedding, or other materials that have touched a sick person’s rash. Less often, infection can happen during close, face-to-face contact for a long time (more than 3 hours).

Who should receive the monkeypox (hMPXV) vaccine?

  • People who have been identified by public health as a contact of someone with monkeypox (hMPXV).
  • People who have had close contact in the prior 2 weeks with someone with monkeypox.
  • People who are at greater risk of monkeypox infection.
  • Laboratory workers who routinely perform monkeypox virus testing.
  • Clinicians who have had a high-risk occupational exposure (e.g., examined monkeypox lesions or collected monkeypox specimens without using recommended personal protective equipment).

Monkeypox vaccine locator

Contact 211 or your local public health authority211 or your local public health authority can refer you to testing and treatment in your community

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