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DC Health offers weekly monkeypox vaccination clinics for eligible residents

DC Health officials will be holding walk-in monkeypox vaccination clinics at three separate locations in the district on Fridays.

Clinics will be operating Fridays from noon to 8 p.m., or while supplies last, at DC Health Monkeypox Vaccination Clinics located at:

  • 3640 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE – Ward 8
  • 7530 Georgia Ave NW – Ward 4
  • 1900 I St NW – Ward 2

DC Health says vaccines will be given on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible residents who have not yet received a first dose of the monkeypox vaccine.

Each site will have 300 doses available per day.

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Officials say that to be eligible for the vaccine, a person must be a resident of the district (with proof of residency) over the age of 18 and:

  • Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men who have had multiple (more than one) sex partners or anonymous sex partners in the past 14 days; Where
  • Transgender women or non-binary people designated male at birth who have sex with men; Where
  • Sex workers (of any sexual orientation/gender); Where
  • Staff (of any sexual orientation/gender) in establishments where sexual activities take place (e.g. bathhouses, saunas, sex clubs)

DC Health says walk-in appointments are intended to increase access to vaccines for people who may not have the ability or technology to pre-register online, or for those who don’t feel comfortable providing their eligibility information online.

They ask anyone who may have pre-registered and received a vaccination distribution, to respect the scheduled time instead of requesting a walk-in vaccination. They add that if you are unable to make an appointment by email vaccinatedc@dc.gov to cancel.

If you haven’t received an invitation to make an appointment, DC Health says, you may currently be eligible for the vaccine.

According to DC Health monkeypox data on Tuesday, the department has:

  • Administering over 10,500 doses through DC Health monkeypox extended PEP clinics with over 1,300 appointments currently scheduled.
  • Pre-registered over 23,000 District residents of which 16,589 are currently eligible
  • Sent approximately 21,000 booking invitations
  • Identified over 700 close contacts

On Saturday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said DC had reported 283 cases of monkeypox.

CDC Monkeypox Signs, Symptoms, and Prevention:

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. The monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox. Symptoms of monkeypox are similar to symptoms of smallpox, but milder; and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.

Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain and back pain
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • A rash that may look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, such as the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or throat. anus.

The rash goes through different stages before it heals completely. The illness usually lasts 2 to 4 weeks. Sometimes people have a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.

Monkeypox is spread in different ways. The virus can be spread from person to person by:

  • direct contact with infectious rashes, scabs, or body fluids
  • respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, hugging, or having sex
  • touching items (such as clothing or bedding) that have already touched the infectious rash or bodily fluids
  • pregnant women can transmit the virus to their fetus through the placenta

It is also possible for people to contract monkeypox from infected animals, either by being scratched or bitten by the animal, or by preparing or eating meat or using products from an animal. infected.

Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms appear until the rash has completely healed and a new layer of skin has formed. The illness usually lasts 2 to 4 weeks. People who do not have symptoms of monkeypox cannot transmit the virus to others. At this time, it is not known whether monkeypox can be spread through semen or vaginal secretions.

Prevention steps

Take the following steps to avoid contracting monkeypox:

  • Avoid close skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox. Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox. Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone who has monkeypox. Do not share utensils or cups with someone who has monkeypox.
  • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone who has monkeypox.
  • Do not share utensils or cups with someone who has monkeypox.
  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of someone with monkeypox.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • In Central and West Africa, avoid contact with animals that can spread monkeypox viruses, usually rodents and primates. Also, avoid sick or dead animals, as well as bedding or any other material they have touched.

READ MORE: Infant diagnosed with monkeypox in DC, officials say

If you are sick with monkeypox:

  • isolate at home
  • If you have an active rash or other symptoms, stay in a separate room or area away from the people or pets you live with, if possible.

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