For Immediate Release
Monkeypox Vaccine Registration Now Open for Eligible Community Members
August 9, 2022, Jackson, WY – Teton County Health Department has opened monkeypox vaccine registration. Monkeypox can affect anyone regardless of identity. Based on the eligibility criteria set by the Wyoming Department of Health the Teton County Health Department is focusing on community members who meet the following criteria at this time.
Individuals who live or work in Wyoming, are 18 years and older, and who meet one or more of the following criteria:
Men who have sex with men and have had multiple or anonymous sexual partners in the last year; OR
Partners of men who have sex with men who have had multiple or anonymous sexual partners in the last year; OR
Transgender and nonbinary persons assigned male at birth who have sex with multiple or anonymous sexual partners who are male or male assigned at birth within the past year; OR
Sex workers (of any gender); OR
Have been in close contact with a person who has received a positive test result for monkeypox; OR
Have been in close contact with a person who thinks they have monkeypox or has symptoms of monkeypox (including rash, swollen lymph nodes, fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, and back pain).
Vaccine registration is on a first come first serve basis per the Wyoming Department of Health and more information on monkeypox can be found by visiting www.tetoncountywy.gov/monkeypox. Individuals who have joined the registration list will be contacted with the next steps on how to book a vaccine appointment. Weekly appointments will open based on Teton County’s vaccine allotment. The registration list will also serve as the waitlist for the vaccine. For those who need assistance booking an appointment or have questions regarding monkeypox please call the Teton County Health Department COVID/Monkeypox Hotline at 307-732-8628.
Currently, the State of Wyoming has received a limited supply of the monkeypox vaccine, JYNNEOS. JYNNEOS is an FDA-approved vaccine used to prevent monkeypox infections in individuals 18 and older. This is a two-dose vaccine given 28 days apart. It takes 14 days after getting the second dose of the JYNNEOS vaccine for individuals to build up the full immune protection against monkeypox. This vaccine can be used for pre-exposure and post-exposure to monkeypox.
Monkeypox is in the same family of viruses as smallpox and cowpox. It is rarely fatal. To date, there have been 8,934 cases identified in the US, in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Worldwide, there have been over 30,189 cases during the current outbreak. There have been no reported deaths due to the virus.
Monkeypox is not like COVID-19; it is not airborne and does not easily spread from person to person with casual contact like shaking hands or touching the same surfaces. Spread of this virus occurs through prolonged skin to skin contact with infectious sores, rash, scabs, and bodily fluids, contaminated items such as clothing, bedding, or towels, or through respiratory droplets associated with prolonged face-to-face contact, such as kissing.
Symptoms of monkeypox typically include, fever, headache, muscle aches and backaches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion. These symptoms may occur days before a rash occurs. A rash that can look like pimples or blisters and can appear on the face, inside the month and other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus. Sometimes, people only experience a rash. Someone with monkeypox is infectious from the time their symptoms begin until all of the rash is healed and new skin has formed. This can typically take two to four weeks to occur and most people get better on their own without further treatment.
People with monkeypox should isolate themselves until the rash resolves. People who have symptoms should call their healthcare provider and it will be determined if there is a need for testing. Those who do not have a healthcare provider and are experiencing symptoms can contact the Teton County Health Department COVID/Monkeypox Hotline at 307-732-8628. for assistance with finding healthcare services.
In order to help prevent the spread of the virus in Teton County, it is important that all community members protect themselves by knowing how to make safer choices in situations where intimate or skin-to-skin contact is likely to occur. Some steps people can take to protect themselves from monkeypox include:
Asking intimate and other sexual partners about symptoms,
Avoiding skin-to-skin or prolonged face-to-face contact with anyone who has symptoms,
Practicing safer sex (such as reducing the number of sexual partners), and
Washing Hand frequently.
For more information on monkeypox please visit, www.tetoncountywy.gov/monkeypox.