West New York Health Department offers monkeypox vaccines

Call 201-295-5070 for more information

Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez and the Board of Commissioners have announced that the monkeypox vaccine is available in town for eligible residents.

Monkeypox continues to spread across the U.S. since May, including in New Jersey and especially in Hudson County. Amid the public health emergency, the number of probable and confirmed cases in the country has risen to 8,394 as of August 9.

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In New Jersey, 264 probable and confirmed monkeypox cases were reported across 15 counties as of August 9, according to the New Jersey Department of Health. Hudson County had 77 cases of monkeypox, the highest among all counties in the state.

The virus can cause flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that often begins on the face and spreads to other parts of the body. Monkeypox does not spread easily to people without close contact.

Vaccines available for those who are eligible

The vaccine approved to fight monkeypox is called JYNNEOS. The vaccine is given in two doses, so people who receive vaccines in August must get a second dose four weeks later in September.

For residents with known exposure to monkeypox, the two-dose regimen for post-exposure prophylaxis is available through the West New York Health Department. For more information, contact the Health Department at 201-295-5070.

Anyone with a known exposure within the past 14 days should contact their health care provider and the Health Department regarding testing and vaccine eligibility. The Health Department will continue to conduct contact tracing and offer the vaccine to anyone identified as a close contact.

For residents without a confirmed exposure who believe they may have been exposed, or are at high risk for having been exposed to monkeypox in the past 14 days, the vaccine is now available through community partners via appointments only.

New Jersey is expecting additional doses from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As the state gets additional supplies, the town will continue to expand access to the vaccine.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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