Monkeypox is a viral disease that usually spreads from animals to humans, though the animals that spread it (such as certain rodents and monkeys) are not found in Canada. Monkeypox can also spread from person-to-person, mainly through direct physical contact with an infected person's:
Monkeypox can also spread through respiratory droplets. However, the virus does not spread efficiently this way.
Monkeypox is usually mild and typically goes away on its own within two to four weeks.
If you have been exposed to a suspected or confirmed case of monkeypox, monitor for signs and symptoms for 21 days. If you develop symptoms of monkeypox, immediately self-isolate and contact your healthcare provider.
Based on Public Health assessment, a single dose of the Imvamune® vaccine may be recommended to people who have been identified by Public Health as a high-risk exposure of a probable or confirmed case of monkeypox, or within a setting where transmission is happening. Public Health will contact those individuals who have been identified as a high-risk exposure.
Vaccination is by appointment only. Eligible individuals can book an appointment by calling Public Health at 905-688-8248 ext. 7425 or 1-800-263-7248. Visit our general immunization clinic schedule for more information.
Ontario is using a single dose of Imvamune® to limit ongoing transmission for most individuals eligible for PrEP. Two doses are recommended for eligible moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals and certain research laboratory employees, at least 28 days apart.
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