Monkeypox is a rare, but potentially serious, disease that is caused by the monkeypox virus. As of May 2022, monkeypox has been spreading throughout countries that do not typically see infections of this virus, such as the United States. Once exposed, anyone is at risk of catching the virus. It is important to understand and recognize symptoms of the virus and learn more about prevention to protect yourself from catching the virus.

Monkeypox Vaccine

The Health Department is currently offering Jynneos, a vaccine to prevent symptom development of monkeypox, to individuals 18 years and older that fit one or more of the following criteria below:

  • Known contact identified by public health via case investigation or contact tracing

  • People who know that a sexual partner in the past 14 days was diagnosed with monkeypox

  • People who attended an event or venue where there was a known monkeypox exposure

  • People who attended or had sex at a commercial sex venue, sexual partners of people who attended or people who anticipate experiencing stated experience

  • Gay men, bisexual men, trans men and women, any men who have sex with men, and gender non-conforming/non-binary individuals, who have had multiple sexual partners in the last 14 days OR who expect to have multiple anonymous sex partners. This may include people living with HIV and people who take HIV PrEP because of increased risk of sexually transmitted infections. Those who have new diagnosis of one or more nationally reportable sexually transmitted diseases (e.e., acute HIV, chancroid, chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis)

  • Clinical laboratory personnel who perform testing to diagnose orthopoxviruses, including those who use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays for diagnosis of orthopoxviruses, including monkeypox virus

  • Research laboratory workers who directly handle cultures or animals contaminated or infected with orthopoxviruses that infect humans

  • Certain health care providers working in sexual health clinics or other specialty settings directly caring for patients with sexually transmitted infections

  • Laboratory staff working with lesion swabs that may contain orthopoxviruses. This includes staff that handle swabs of lesions from suspect monkeypox cases or test for things other than orthopoxviruses, including Varicella zoster virus or Herpes virus. This also includes microbiologists that do standard bacterial cultures from these lesion swabs. 

If you do not meet the criteria above, you are not eligible for the monkeypox vaccine at this time.


Contraindications to the vaccine:

  • Allergies to the ingredients in the vaccine: Jynneos contains Modified Vaccinia Ankara-Bavarian Nordic (MVA-BN), a weakened, non-replicating orthopoxvirus. It also contains Tris (tromethamine) and sodium chloride, and may contain amounts of DNA and protein from the Chicken Embryo Fibroblast cells used to grow the vaccine virus, benzonase, gentamicin, and cirpofloxacin.

  • Pregnancy

  • Have symptoms of fever/chills, new rash or lesion, or swollen glands

Vaccine Appointments

Vaccine is available by appointment only, walk-ins will not be accepted. To schedule an appointment, please call our office at (414) 768-8055 ext. 3. Appointments will be available to eligible individuals only.

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