Hamilton County offering 'limited supply' of monkeypox vaccine

Hamilton County offering ‘limited supply’ of monkeypox vaccine

Hamilton County health providers are offering a limited supply of monkeypox vaccinations for those in high-risk groups.The limited supply comes after the county identified two probable cases of monkeypox. In Ohio, there are 45 cases, according to the CDC.Since the cases were identified, county and city leaders have been working to bring vaccinations to the region to help stop the spread.”We understood the monkeypox threat to our community and know it’s imperative to get in front of it,” Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval said in a statement. “City Councilmember Reggie Harris exhibited strong leadership by helping to kick off this effort, and our community health will benefit from his work,” Pureval added.Health officials said, unlike COVID-19, monkeypox is spread through close contact, not viral transmission. People who contract it often experience symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, headaches, chills, lesions and swollen lymph nodes.The irritating blisters are critical in the virus’ spread. “Similar to the way COVID vaccines were administered at the outset of the pandemic, we will use the risk tiers published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a risk profile for people desiring vaccine,” Grant Mussman, interim health commissioner for Cincinnati, said in a statement. “We will then contact those eligible to coordinate vaccination.” Due to the limited supply, health officials ask people to be patient.”With vaccine in limited supply, it’s important that we get to the most vulnerable populations. The CDC has developed risk tiers that we will be following to administer vaccine,” Hamilton County Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman said in a statement. To register for a vaccine, visit www.cincinnati-oh.gov/health/ or hcph.org/monkeypox.

Hamilton County health providers are offering a limited supply of monkeypox vaccinations for those in high-risk groups.

The limited supply comes after the county identified two probable cases of monkeypox. In Ohio, there are 45 cases, according to the CDC.

Since the cases were identified, county and city leaders have been working to bring vaccinations to the region to help stop the spread.

“We understood the monkeypox threat to our community and know it’s imperative to get in front of it,” Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval said in a statement. “City Councilmember Reggie Harris exhibited strong leadership by helping to kick off this effort, and our community health will benefit from his work,” Pureval added.

Health officials said, unlike COVID-19, monkeypox is spread through close contact, not viral transmission. People who contract it often experience symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, headaches, chills, lesions and swollen lymph nodes.

The irritating blisters are critical in the virus’ spread.

“Similar to the way COVID vaccines were administered at the outset of the pandemic, we will use the risk tiers published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a risk profile for people desiring vaccine,” Grant Mussman, interim health commissioner for Cincinnati, said in a statement. “We will then contact those eligible to coordinate vaccination.”

Due to the limited supply, health officials ask people to be patient.

“With vaccine in limited supply, it’s important that we get to the most vulnerable populations. The CDC has developed risk tiers that we will be following to administer vaccine,” Hamilton County Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman said in a statement.

To register for a vaccine, visit www.cincinnati-oh.gov/health/ or hcph.org/monkeypox.

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