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Mpox vaccination campaign begins in New York

May 02, 2023 12:45 am

Nick Reisman reports for Spectrum News that New York's Department of Health launched a campaign May 1 to encourage residents to begin the two-dose vaccination series for mpox, the disease formerly known as monkeypox. “Last year’s mpox outbreak took place during the spring and summer months and most impacted communities of men who have sex with men and immunocompromised individuals,” Acting State Health Commissioner Dr. James McDonald said. “This year, while mpox cases are extremely low in New York, cases continue to be diagnosed here in New York and around the globe and there is still a risk of resurgence. We are taking proactive measures now to encourage those at risk to get fully vaccinated by getting both doses. Taking this measure of protection is a gesture of self-love and love for the communities in which you live.” The virus can spread through sexual contact, and people in the LGBTQ+ community are considered to be more at risk. The state health department is beginning to run digital ads and social media alerts to encourage vaccinations. Read the full story at Spectrum News.

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