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Mpox (Monkeypox)

The JYNNEOS vaccine has been approved by the U.S. FDA for protection against the mpox virus for individuals who have been exposed to mpox and for those who are more likely to get mpox. Mpox vaccination for the general public is currently not recommended at this time. 

If you are interested in receiving the mpox vaccine, please call 410-876-4771. Getting the recommended 2 doses of vaccine 28 days apart offers the best protection from serious mpox illness. 

If you think you have been exposed to mpox or may have mpox, contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible. If you do not have a healthcare provider, contact a local urgent care center.

Since May, 2022, clusters of mpox (monkeypox) cases have been reported in several countries that don’t normally have monkeypox. Mpox is largely spread through close physical contact.  Many mpox cases in this outbreak are among men who have sex with men. But any person, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, can acquire and spread mpox. 

Information on U.S. Mpox Outbreak 

Maryland mpox case data and resources

World Health Organization on mpox name change

Mpox infections are typically not severe; symptoms are usually similar to the flu with a rash and resolve within 2-4 weeks. More severe infections or infections in high-risk individuals may be treated with antiviral medicines.

While COVID-19 passed easily from person to person, mpox does not spread as easily between people. Mpox transmission typically requires skin-to-skin contact, direct contact with body fluids, or prolonged face-to-face contact; this includes sexual contact. It can also be spread by touching items like towels or sheets that touched an infectious rash or body fluids.

To prevent mpox:

  • Avoid close, skin to skin contact with the mpox rash.
    • Do not touch the rash or scabs of person with mpox.
    • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with mpox.
    • Do not share eating utensils or cups.
  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a sick person.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially after contact with sick people.
  • Social Gatherings, Safer Sex, and Mpox

If you think you have been exposed to mpox or may have mpox, talk with your healthcare provider as soon as possible. 


CDC Resources: 

Mpox Frequently Asked Questions 

What You Need to Know about Mpox if You are a Teen or Young Adult NEW 

U.S. Mpox Case Trends Reported to CDC NEW

What to Do If You Are Sick NEW 

Preventing Spread to Others NEW 

Notifying Close Contacts NEW 


ACAM2000 Vaccine NEW 

Isolation and Infection Control At Home NEW 

Mpox in Animals UPDATED 

Safer Sex, Social Gatherings, and Mpox 

Signs and Symptoms 

Treatment UPDATED 

Vaccination Administration Considerations for Specific Populations UPDATED 

Vaccination Strategies UPDATED 

Intervention Services for People with or Exposed to Mpox UPDATED 


Outbreak information

2022 U.S. Mpox Outbreak 

U.S. Map & Case Count 

U.S. Mpox Case Trends Reported to CDC NEW

Global Map & Case Count  




If You Are Sick 

What to Do If You Are Sick NEW 

Preventing Spread to Others NEW 

Notifying Close Contacts NEW 



Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of JYNNEOS and ACAM2000 Vaccines NEW 


ACAM2000 Vaccine NEW