Posted: August 9, 2022

The U.S. recently declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency. The Ohio Department of Health has added a Monkeypox Frequently Asked Questions resource to their website. Health care providers are encouraged to share this resource with patients who may be at risk.

The CDC recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to monkeypox or are at high risk for exposure. Ohio, along with other jurisdictions with lower monkeypox case counts, has been allocated a limited supply of the Jynneos vaccine. ODH is working closely with local health departments to get this limited supply out as quickly as possible to Ohio communities with the highest case counts and highest risk for spread.

The vaccine takes up to six weeks to reach full effectiveness, so other preventive measure are recommended including avoiding close skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash, avoiding contact with items that a person with monkeypox has used, and washing your hands often with soap and water or using an alcohol-based sanitizer.

Please visit the Ohio Board of Nursing’s Health and Safety Updates page for the full summary from the CDC.