Sacramento CA LGBT Community Center monkeypox vaccination clinic

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Sacramento LGBT Community Center is partnering with Pucci Pharmacy for another monkeypox vaccination clinic as cases top 100 in Sacramento County.

The county has a total of 110 cases of monkeypox, also known as the MPX virus, according to the latest update from Sacramento County Department of Health Services.

The Marsha P. Johnson Center will host her vaccination clinic at 75 Quinta Court Suite D from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, September 1. Residents are asked to make an appointmentbut visits without an appointment will be visible while supplies last.

Am I eligible for the monkeypox vaccine?

You be at least 18 years old and meet one or more of the following criteria To get the monkeypox vaccine at the Monkeypox Vaccination Clinic at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, according to Pucci’s Pharmacy:

Have tested positive for a sexually transmitted infection within the past two months

Had two or more sexual partners in the past three weeks

Has frequented or worked at a sex venue in the past three weeks

Had anonymous sex in the last three weeks

Engaged in transactional sex in the past three weeks

Regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, those whose sexual partner(s) meet the above criteria are eligible for the vaccineas well as those who engaged in transactional sex in the past three weeks, according to Pucci’s Pharmacy.

Those who have been identified by the Sacramento County public as close contact with someone who tested positive for monkeypox are also eligible for the vaccine.

The MPX virus is not a sexually transmitted infection. Monkeypox is usually spread through prolonged skin-to-skin contact, such as hugging, sleeping in the same bed, or sexual activity.

What should I expect during my appointment?

Arrive at the vaccination clinic at least 15 minutes before your appointment time. Residents are asked to stay six feet apart.

The monkeypox vaccine, when injected into the body, produces side effects similar to the flu vaccine or the COVID-19 vaccine. Monkeypox vaccine induces ‘minor reactions’ Sacramento County Public Health writes on its website.

Symptoms include:

  • Slight fever
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen glands
  • Redness and itching where the vaccine was injected

What is monkeypox and how is it spread?

The MPX virus is not new.

The latest virus to push California into a state of emergency is an orthopox virus, akin to smallpox.

The first human case of monkeypox was detected in 1970according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

California’s first case of monekypox was discovered May 24 in a resident who had recently returned from international travel.

Although some people are at higher risk of contracting the MPX virus, anyone can be infected. It is therefore important to know the symptoms of the disease.

The virus spreads through contact with bodily fluids and respiratory droplets, according to Sacramento County Public Health. But it does not spread easily, the county wrote, and the droplets “do not travel more than a few feet.”

What are the latest MPX virus issues?

More than 3,060 cases of the MPX virus have been confirmed in California, the second highest number behind New York (3,038), according to the CDC. Map of cases in the United Stateslast update Wednesday.

In the United States, more than 16,000 confirmed cases of the MPX virus have been recorded, according to the CDC. The lowest number of cases have been reported in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota and Vermont.

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This story was originally published August 25, 2022 1:07 p.m.

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Brianna Taylor is a service desk reporter for The Sacramento Bee. A former Bee intern, Brianna has also reported from Missouri and Maryland. She graduated from Morgan State University.

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