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3 new cases reported in Wake County

Wake County public health officials are encouraging people at risk of contracting monkeypox, or mpox, to get vaccinated and help prevent the spread.

The recall comes as three new cases of mpox have been reported in Wake County in the past six weeks.

Health experts said getting the free vaccine now can help protect people through the spring and summer, when large events and festivals take place and spread is more likely.

Finding a monkeypox vaccine

Wake County Public Health offers walk-in and appointment-based services for the JYNNEOS vaccine, a two-dose shot that helps prevent mpox when given before or shortly after exposure.

Walk-in services (without an appointment):

Wake County Public Health Center – HIV/STD Evening Clinic

10 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh (Clinic E)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Services by appointment only:

Wake County Public Health Center – Vaccination Clinic

10 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh (Clinic E)

Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 919-250-3900 to make an appointment.

Monkeypox Symptoms

Mpox usually begins with flu-like symptoms, including:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Exhaustion
  • Rash on the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth or near the genitals or perianal area.

The rash usually develops after the first symptoms, but in some recent cases the rash has appeared before or at the same time as the flu-like symptoms. Symptoms may be more severe in people who are immunocompromised, such as people living with HIV.

Who should get vaccinated against monkeypox?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends mpox vaccination if:

  • You have been exposed or suspected to someone with mpox
  • You have had a sexual partner in the past 2 weeks who has been diagnosed with mpox
  • You are a gay, bisexual or other man who has sex with men or a transgender, non-binary or gender diverse person who, in the last 6 months, has had any of the following:
    • A new diagnosis of one or more sexually transmitted diseases (for example, chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis)
    • More than one sexual partner
  • You have had any of the following symptoms in the last 6 months:
    • Sex in a commercial place (such as a sex club or bathhouse)
    • Sexual intercourse related to a large commercial event or in a geographic area (e.g. city or county) where transmission of the mpox virus occurs
    • Sex in exchange for money or other items
    • You have a sexual partner with any of the above risks
    • You anticipate experiencing one of the above scenarios
  • You have HIV or other causes of immune suppression and have recently had or anticipate future risk of exposure to mpox in any of the above scenarios.
  • You work in environments where you may be exposed to mpox
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