What is Monkeypox? 

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.

Symptoms of Monkeypox
  • Flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, swollen lymph nodes and fatigue. These symptoms may occur before or after the rash appears, or not at all. 
  • A rash that
    • can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other body parts like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus. 
    • The rash goes through different stages before healing completely.
    • View examples of monkeypox rashes here.
  • The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.
How Monkeypox is Spread

Monkeypox is spread through close, physical contact between individuals. This includes:

  • Direct contact with monkeypox sores or rashes on an individual who has monkeypox.
  • Respiratory droplets or oral fluids from someone with monkeypox, particularly for those who have close contact with someone or are around them for a long period of time.
  • It can also be spread through contact with objects or fabrics (e.g., clothing, bedding, towels) that have been used by someone with monkeypox.

JYNNEOS (also known as Imvamune or Imvanex) is a vaccine licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent monkeypox and can be used before and after exposure to monkeypox.

  • CDC recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who are at higher risk of being exposed to monkeypox. 
  • JYNNEOS is given in a 2 dose series for the prevention of monkeypox among adults ages 18 years and older. 
  • If given before exposure or within 4 days of exposure, this vaccine may reduce the likelihood of infection, and within 14 days, it may reduce severity of symptoms.

ECDOH Monkeypox Vaccination Clinics 

There is currently a limited supply of JYNNEOS vaccine, though more is expected in the weeks and months ahead.  Eligibility is currently focused on individuals with known or likely exposure in areas with the highest number of cases.

Current Eligibility 

  • Erie County residents at high risk of a recent exposure to monkeypox, including gay men and members of the bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming community and other communities of men who have sex with men and who have engaged in intimate or skin-to-skin contact with others in the past 14 days areas where monkeypox is spreading.
  • Erie County residents who have had skin-to-skin contact with someone in a social network experiencing monkeypox activity, including men who have sex with men who meet partners through an online website, digital application ("app"), or social event, such as a bar or party.

Vaccine Clinics

1st Dose Clinics: currently there are none scheduled. Check back soon. 

2nd Dose Clinics:

  • Please see the chart below to determine when to return for your 2nd dose. 
  • Location: Evergreen Commons
  • Time: Please come at the same time that you received your first dose.    
Date that you received your 1st dose Date to return for your 2nd dose Clinic Hours
7/27/2022 8/24/2022 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
7/28/2022 8/25/2022 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
8/1/2022 8/29/2022 10:00 am - 11:30 am
8/10/2022 9/14/2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
8/11/2022 9/15/2022 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
8/15/2022 9/19/2022 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Individuals are considered to be fully vaccinated about 2 weeks after the 2nd dose of JYNNEOS.

More information about monkeypox vaccination

  • Ask your sexual partners whether they have a rash or other symptoms consistent with monkeypox.
  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
  • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox. 
  • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox. 
  • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox. 
  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • In Central and West Africa, avoid contact with animals that can spread monkeypox virus, usually rodents and primates. Also, avoid sick or dead animals, as well as bedding or other materials they have touched. 
  • If you are sick with monkeypox: 
    • Isolate at home 
    • If you have an active rash or other symptoms, stay in a separate room or area away from people or pets you live with, when possible.
For Healthcare Providers


08/16/2022 - 2:01 pm