Local health departments in Georgia to administer monkeypox vaccines

Georgia has received approximately 6,000 doses of the vaccine – enough for 3,000 people to receive the two-dose series. A total of 13,876 doses have been allocated to the state by the federal government, with several thousand more doses expected to arrive over the next few days.

Federal government allocations of monkeypox vaccine will increase as vaccine production increases.

The monkeypox vaccine can help prevent the disease and also reduce the severity of the disease for those who are already infected.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination for people who have been in close contact with someone with the virus or if they suspect they may have been exposed to the virus, such as having multiple sexual partners in an area with known cases of monkeypox.

As of Monday, 268 cases of monkeypox were confirmed in the state, all among men, and with the vast majority living in metro Atlanta, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. As more commercial labs begin handling tests for monkeypox, the number of confirmed cases is rising rapidly here and around the world.

On Friday, U.S. health officials reported the first cases of monkeypox in children — one a baby in California and the other a baby who is not a U.S. resident but was tested while in Washington, D.C., according to the CDC .

The children were described as being in good health and receiving treatment. How they contracted the disease is under investigation, but officials believe it was through family transmission.

The head of the World Health Organization said on Saturday that the spread of monkeypox in more than 70 countries is an “extraordinary” situation that qualifies as a global emergency, a statement that could prompt further investment in treating the disease. once rare and exacerbate the scramble for scarce vaccines. .

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the decision to call monkeypox a global emergency despite a lack of consensus among experts on the UN health agency’s emergency committee, saying he acted as “a obstacle”. It was the first time a UN health agency chief had unilaterally taken such a decision without expert recommendation.

There have been no reported U.S. deaths from monkeypox, which appeared in May in Europe and the U.S. As of Friday, there have been 2,891 confirmed cases of monkeypox in U.S. residents this year, according to the CDC. US and global case counts include laboratory-confirmed cases of monkeypox and infections attributed to an orthopoxvirus, the genus of viruses that includes monkeypox.

Georgia’s first case was reported in early June. While some of the cases here are linked to either international travel or travel to a recent conference in Chicago, the most recent cases were not associated with travel, according to DPH.

While most cases so far are among men who have sex with men, health officials point out that anyone can get the virus through close personal contact and through towels and bedding.

Monkeypox causes flu-like symptoms, such as fever and chills, as well as a rash that can take weeks to clear up.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

How to get the monkeypox vaccine

Local health departments in metro Atlanta have begun administering the vaccine at health departments and are holding vaccination clinics. Doctors may also request the vaccine for their patients on a case-by-case basis.

For Gwinnett County, go to gnrhealth.com/

For DeKalb County, go to dekalbhealth.net/

For Fulton County, go to fultoncountyga.gov/ and then click on health services

For Cobb County, go to cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com/

For Clayton County, go to https://www.claytoncountypublichealth.org/

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