Saturday, November 26

How to organize your immunization record with COVID, monkeypox, more


Vaccines have vaulted to the forefront of importance and public awareness over the last two years of the coronavirus pandemic. Recent research showed that vaccines prevented 19.8 million deaths from COVID-19 in their first year. The ever-evolving omicron sub-variants have chipped away at vaccine effectiveness against infection, but the original vaccine recipe maintains its key goal of preventing severe disease and hospitalization.

We are also facing the rapid global spread of the monkeypox virus. The CDC has reported more than 5,000 infections in the US., the most of any country in the world. The window to eliminate this virus from the US is rapidly closing. If we fail to act quickly, monkeypox could become another endemic virus in this country.

The CDC estimates that approximately 1.6 million gay and bisexual men in the US are high-risk for monkeypox infection (although anyone can contract it) and eligible for vaccination. But even with current shipments of the two-dose Jynneos vaccine, that still leaves about 1 million vulnerable until the next round of doses arrives in October.

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