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The Importance of Getting Vaccinated Against Monkeypox: Protecting Yourself & Others

man holding syringe with vaccine inside it in order to discuss monkeypox vaccine

In recent times, the spread of infectious diseases has become a significant concern worldwide. While much attention has been focused on well-known illnesses like COVID-19, there are other emerging threats that should not be overlooked. Monkeypox (Mpox), a rare but potentially serious viral disease, has been making headlines due to sporadic outbreaks in various parts of the world. In this blog post, we will delve into the importance of getting vaccinated against monkeypox to protect yourself and others.

Understanding Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a viral disease that belongs to the same family as smallpox, but it is less severe. The disease was first discovered in monkeys in 1958 and later found to infect humans as well. The virus is primarily transmitted to people from animals such as rodents and primates, and human-to-human transmission can occur through respiratory droplets, contact with infected body fluids, or contaminated objects.

Symptoms of monkeypox typically include fever, headache, muscle aches, and a characteristic rash that often starts on the face and spreads to other parts of the body. In severe cases, complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis can occur, posing a serious risk to health, especially in vulnerable populations.

The Role of Vaccination

Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent infectious diseases, including monkeypox. The smallpox vaccine, which provides cross-protection against monkeypox, has been used in some outbreaks with promising results. Additionally, a specific monkeypox vaccine has been developed and is recommended for individuals at high risk of exposure to the virus.

By getting vaccinated against monkeypox, you not only protect yourself from the disease but also contribute to community immunity, reducing the overall risk of outbreaks and protecting those who cannot be vaccinated, such as individuals with certain medical conditions or weakened immune systems.

Why You Should Get Vaccinated

1. Protection – Vaccination is a safe and effective way to protect yourself from monkeypox and its potential complications. It provides immunity that can significantly reduce the severity of the disease if you are exposed to the virus.

2. Prevention of Spread – By getting vaccinated, you help prevent the spread of monkeypox in your community and beyond. This is crucial in controlling outbreaks and protecting vulnerable populations.

3. Health Security – In an interconnected world where diseases can spread rapidly across borders, vaccination against emerging threats like monkeypox is essential for global health security and pandemic preparedness.

The recent outbreaks of monkeypox serve as a reminder of the importance of vaccination in protecting ourselves and our communities from infectious diseases. By getting vaccinated against monkeypox and other preventable illnesses, we not only safeguard our own health but also contribute to a healthier and safer world for everyone.

If you or someone you know would like more information on Mpox, contact Caring Communities’ Health and Wellness Centers by calling 570-829-2700.  You can always find information about all of our services by logging onto

Stay informed, stay protected, and together, we can build a resilient defense against emerging health threats like monkeypox.


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