Since the most recent outbreak of monkeypox in June 2022, the virus has continued to spread throughout the world. There are 28,442 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United States, with 538 in the state of Arizona. In recent months, two monkeypox vaccines have become more accessible to the general public. The vaccines, JYNNEOS and ACAM2000, can be used to prevent against the infection and spread of monkeypox. JYNNEOS is a two series vaccine developed to protect against both monkeypox and smallpox, a genetically similar disease. ACAM2000 is a smallpox vaccine that also provides protection against monkeypox. ACAM2000 is not recommended for pregnant women, infants less than 12 months old, and those with certain medical conditions such as a weakened immune system, certain heart and skin conditions etc.
One of the best ways to prevent disease before it happens is through vaccination. Currently, the monkeypox vaccine is available in Maricopa and Pima County, and is slowly being rolled out to other counties. If individuals you serve are unable to get vaccinated, taking preventative measures by avoiding skin to skin contact, avoiding objects that an individual with monkeypox has used, and frequent hand washing, can prevent against monkeypox infection.