Instances proceed fast rise right here and world wide
Georgia has acquired roughly 6,000 doses of vaccine – sufficient for 3,000 individuals to obtain the two-dose collection. Allocations of the monkeypox vaccine from the federal authorities will enhance as manufacturing of the vaccine ramps up.
Native well being departments in Fulton and Gwinnett counties have been holding vaccine clinics on weekends. Appointments for the vaccines stuffed up inside hours. There are two extra vaccine occasions scheduled in Fulton and Gwinnett counties however these slots are already full, in keeping with the well being departments.
DPH spokeswoman Nancy Nydam mentioned native well being departments are planning to start out providing monkeypox vaccines regularly which might start as early as this coming week. Native well being departments will even have the ability to check for monkeypox.
Nydam mentioned for now the vaccine will begin being out there at well being departments solely in metro Atlanta the place the circumstances are concentrated. There isn’t a residency requirement. DPH remains to be engaged on the logistics for vaccine distribution together with when and which days of the week the vaccines might be out there on the native well being departments.
The monkeypox vaccine may help stop sickness, and likewise scale back the severity of the illness for these already contaminated.
Georgia’s first-ever case was introduced in early June. Whereas a number of of the circumstances listed below are related to both worldwide journey or touring to a latest convention in Chicago, newer circumstances weren’t related to journey, in keeping with DPH.
Endemic in elements of Africa, the virus doesn’t normally unfold simply amongst individuals. Whereas most circumstances to date are amongst males who’ve intercourse with males, well being officers emphasize that anybody can contract the virus by shut private contact and by way of towels and bedding.
U.S. well being officers just lately expanded the pool of people who find themselves suggested to get vaccinated to incorporate those that could notice on their very own that they may have been contaminated. That may embrace males who’ve intercourse with males who’ve just lately had a number of intercourse companions in a venue the place there was recognized to be monkeypox or in an space the place monkeypox is spreading.
Monkeypox causes flu-like signs similar to fever and chills, and a rash that may take weeks to clear.
U.S well being officers mentioned on Friday two youngsters within the U.S. have been identified with monkeypox. One is a toddler in California and the opposite an toddler who shouldn’t be a U.S. resident however was examined whereas in Washington, D.C., in accordance the CDC.
The kids have been described as being in good well being and receiving remedy. How they caught the illness is being investigated, however officers assume it was by family transmission.
– The Related Press contributed to this text.
Monkeypox by the numbers in Georgia
211 – confirmed monkeypox circumstances in Georgia, up from 93 every week in the past.
6,000 – concerning the variety of monkeypox vaccine doses Georgia has acquired, sufficient for 3,000 individuals to obtain the two-dose collection. Allocations of the monkeypox vaccine from the federal authorities will enhance as manufacturing of the vaccine ramps up.
5 – The 5 metro counties — Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb, and Clayton — The state company mentioned they’re prioritizing vaccine distribution. There isn’t a residency requirement.