Monkeypox

Monkeypox Vaccines in BRHD

BRHD has a limited supply of monkeypox vaccines. To assist in our planning, we are using this form to gather contact information for people at high risk of exposure who are interested in getting vaccinated. If you are interested in a monkypox vaccine, complete this formYou are not guaranteed a vaccine by filling out this form. However, you will be added to our list to potentially receive a vaccine in the future depending on your risk factors and the available supply. The form is HIPAA compliant, meaning your health information will be protected.

Currently there is not sufficient vaccine available for everyone who meet the criteria for a monkeypox vaccine. If you meet one of these criteria and want to receive a vaccine when it becomes available, please submit your name, phone number and email address on the BRHD interest form, and a BRHD staff member will contact you within 3 business days to provide guidance for next steps. Please note that you will still need to register for an appointment when the opportunity to sign up is made available to you.

If you need assistance filling out this form, or have edits after submission, please contact BRHD at 434-591-1960 (M-F 8AM-4:30PM). Please only complete this survey once.

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What is monkeypox?

Monkeypox, first discovered in 1958, is a disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Cases of monkeypox have been identified in the United States, including Virginia. VDH and BRHD are monitoring the spread closely and will provide updates as they become available.

Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.

The rash goes through different stages before healing completely. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.

Monkeypox can spread from person-to-person through:

  • direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids
  • respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex
  • touching items (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids
  • pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta

If you suspect you may be infected with or been exposed to monkeypox, call ahead to your medical provider before visiting them in-person.

For more information on monkeypox, visit the CDC website.

For information on monkeypox in Virginia, visit the VDH website or call the VDH hotline at 877-829-4682.