NYC to start offering shots – NBC New York

NYC to start offering shots – NBC New York

New York City began offering the monkeypox vaccination to at-risk groups on Thursday as authorities scramble to contain a global outbreak.

But demand was so high that within hours of the program’s launch, the city had to halt walk-in appointments and scheduled tours were already booked through early next week.

Unlike the early days of COVID, when there was no effective treatment, there are already several vaccines that work against the orthopoxvirus that causes the disease.

Some 28 people have tested positive for the virus in the city since early May, almost all men who have sex with men. In total, New York City accounts for more than 20% of all diagnosed cases nationwide.

The decision to offer the vaccine follows similar efforts in cities like Montreal and Toronto.

The Department of Health on Thursday announced the opening of a temporary clinic to administer the two-dose JYNNEOS vaccine to eligible people who may have recently been exposed to monkeypox, the city said.

Vaccines will be administered at the Chelsea Sexual Health Clinic (303 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan). The clinic will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the future.

But as of 2 p.m. Thursday, just three hours after opening its doors, the city said there would be no more walk-in appointments and all appointments were filled until see you Monday. News 4 counted more than 100 people lining up outside the clinic at the time.

In a tweet, the health department advised people to come back on Sunday for more appointments next week.

How do you catch monkey pox?

The CDC issued new guidelines on monkeypox last week as the number of suspected cases nationwide soared, marking the largest outbreak of monkeypox on record in America, which has generally been confined to d other continents.

While the CDC says the risk to the general public remains low, people are urged to avoid close contact with sick people, including those with skin or genital lesions, as well as sick or dead animals. Anyone with symptoms, such as a rash or unexplained sores, should contact their healthcare professional for advice.

It is also advisable to avoid eating meat from wild game or using products (such as creams, powders or lotions) from wild African animals.

What is monkey pox?

Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958, when outbreaks occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research – hence its name. (What you need to know about monkeypox.)

The first case in a human was reported in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which still has the majority of infections. Other African countries where it has been found: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone.

Human monkeypox symptoms are similar to but milder than smallpox symptoms, according to the CDC. It presents as a flu-like illness with swollen lymph nodes and a rash on the face and body.

Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches and exhaustion. Monkeypox also causes swelling of the lymph nodes, which smallpox does not. The incubation period is usually 7-14 days but can range from 5-21 days.

The CDC urges healthcare providers in the United States to be alert to patients who have rashes consistent with monkeypox, whether they have traveled or are at specific risk for monkeypox. See more information on the travel advisory here.

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