We already have a vaccine for monkeypox — here’s why

Us Case Of Monkeypox Reported In Massachusetts Man
Cynthia S. Goldsmith - hogp, CDC
This 2003 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a monkeypox virion, obtained from a sample associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Massachusetts has reported a rare case of monkeypox in a man who recently had traveled to Canada, and investigators are looking into whether it is connected to recent cases in Europe.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — You might be wondering how there already is a Food and Drug Administration approved vaccine for monkeypox.

The vaccine used to help protect people against monkeypox is the same used to protect against smallpox as well — and all other diseases caused by vaccinia virus.

In 2019, the FDA licensed JYNNEOS for prevention of smallpox and monkeypox for anyone 18 and older. It’s a two dose vaccine given four weeks apart.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends being vaccinated with JYNNEOS if you have recently been exposed to monkeypox, regardless of concurrent illnesses, pregnancy, breastfeeding or weakened immune system.

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