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As monkeypox cases rise, Cleveland Department of Public Health to hold vaccination clinics throughout September

As of Wednesday, there are now 68 cases of monkeypox in Cleveland and 238 total in Ohio.

CLEVELAND — With the outbreak of monkeypox continuing in Cleveland, health officials have announced that there will be expanded vaccination clinic dates in the month of September. 

According to a release from the Cleveland Department of Public Health (CDPH), there are now 68 cases of monkeypox in the city, with 238 in the state of Ohio.

Each Friday throughout the month of September, the CDPH will host vaccination clinics at 1313 E. 26th Street in Cleveland from 12 p.m.‐6 p.m. 

Vaccines are free and confidential. No pre‐registration or appointment is required. Click here for more information on CDPH's clinics. You can also click here to find a vaccination clinic near you.

CDPH says due to limited supply of the JYNNEOSTM vaccine nationally, eligibility is restricted to those at highest risk of a recent exposure based on national and local cases. This includes men who are gay, bisexual, or have sex with men, and transgender, gender non‐conforming, or gender non‐binary who have multiple or anonymous sex partners in the last 14 days, in addition to those who have been exposed to someone with confirmed MPX are considered high risk.

The monkeypox virus is spread by skin‐to‐skin contact with an infected person, contact with contaminated clothes or linen, or contact with respiratory secretions from an infected individual. Anyone can spread the virus regardless of sexual orientation. Current cases are disproportionately affecting gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men. Those with multiple or anonymous sex partners are also particularly at risk.  

Health officials say if you are high risk for getting or spreading monkeypox, do not engage in sex or have close physical contact (such as touching or kissing). If you or your partners have a new or unexpected rash or sores anywhere on the body avoid gatherings and direct contact with others. People who receive the vaccine should continue to take these precautions to prevent transmission. Anyone with concerns or symptoms should talk to their healthcare provider.

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