Monkeypox Vaccine

What is monkeypox, and how does it spread?

Since May 13, 2022, cases of monkeypox have been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) from 12 Member States that are not endemic for the monkeypox virus across three WHO regions. The WHO described this as a “multi-country monkeypox outbreak in non-endemic countries” on May 21, 2022.

Monkeypox, a disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, is a rare disease and does not naturally occur in the US. Monkeypox infections in the US are usually associated with travel to West or Central Africa or contact with imported infected animals. Monkeypox can spread when a person has close contact with someone infected with the monkeypox virus or when a person comes in contact with materials (e.g., bedding, towels) contaminated with the virus. The monkeypox virus can also spread from animals to people.


People with monkeypox get a rash that may be located on or near the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, and vagina) or anus (butthole) and could be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth.

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Swollen lymph nodes

  • Exhaustion

  • Muscle aches and backache

  • Headache

  • Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)

Monkeypox Rash Photos


There are no treatments specifically for monkeypox virus infections. However, monkeypox and smallpox viruses are genetically similar, which means that antiviral drugs and vaccines developed to protect against smallpox may be used to prevent and treat monkeypox virus infections.

Monkeypox Vaccine Availability

Immunize L.A. is working with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials to provide access to the vaccine for most at-risk individuals. We will inform the availability through our website and social media channels. Once the Monkeypox Vaccine is available, you can schedule your vaccine appointment online through our website.