This is a press release from the McHenry County Department of Public Health::
Monkeypox vaccine available for those at high risk at MCDH, community events
McHENRY COUNTY — The McHenry County Department of Health has the two-dose JYNNEOS vaccine available to help prevent monkeypox and is scheduling appointments for eligible individuals.
The JYNNEOS vaccine is a two-dose vaccine, with at least four weeks between doses. The most common side effects of the vaccine include redness, and itchiness at the injection site as well as tiredness, headache, nausea, chills, and muscle pain.
The following Illinois residents or those who attend a college or university in Illinois are eligible for the JYNNEOS vaccine:
- All gay, bisexual and other men or trans people who have sex with men or trans people
- Sex workers of any sexual orientation or gender identity
- Persons who have had close contact within the past 14 days with someone with suspected or confirmed monkeypox
- Persons who had close contact with others at a venue or event or within a social group in the past 14 days where a suspected or confirmed monkeypox case was identified.
- Laboratory workers who routinely perform monkeypox virus testing
- Clinicians who have had a high-risk occupational exposure
Monkeypox is a disease that does not spread easily. It can spread between people who have close contact with someone who has the virus, contact with body fluids or monkeypox sores or contact with items contaminated with fluids from monkeypox sores. The virus can also spread between people through respiratory droplets typically in a close setting, such as the same household or a healthcare setting.
Monkeypox virus can survive outside the body, and disinfection is recommended for people who isolate at home, regardless if they live alone or with others. Common household disinfectants can kill the monkeypox virus in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
“The risk is low in McHenry County with two identified cases, but anyone can get monkeypox by coming in close personal contact with someone who has the virus,” said MCDH Medical Advisor Dr. Laura Tommaso. “We are prioritizing vaccine based on the latest data of who is at the highest risk in order to reduce the spread of monkeypox.”
Those who are eligible to receive the vaccine can schedule an appointment with MCDH by calling (815) 334-4500. Walk-in monkeypox vaccine opportunities will also be available at the following locations:
- UpRising Bakery and Café from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 2104 W. Algonquin Road, Lake in the Hills
- McHenry County College from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 8900 Northwest U.S. Highway 14, Crystal Lake
Research on monkeypox continues to develop. For the most up-to-date and credible information about monkeypox, how it spreads, symptoms and ways to prevent it, please visit bit.ly/MCDHMPV or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Covid shots are available in Crystal Lake and Woodstock.