Mississippi State Department of Health



Monkeypox is a rare viral disease spread through close personal contact, including skin-to-skin. It can cause a rash or sores, and flu-like illness. The disease is rare, but is being increasingly reported in the U.S. and other countries that don't normally have monkeypox cases.

Vaccination Against Monkeypox

High-Risk Individuals

A two-dose monkeypox vaccination is available for those at highest risk of exposure.

Adults 18 and older may be eligible if they:

If you think you are high risk based on this eligibility, don't wait – take action and get vaccinated now.

Where to Get Vaccinations

Monkeypox vaccinations are available from private medical providers as well as selected county health departments by appointment. See the list below for all vaccination providers and their contact information.

Free vaccinations from MSDH

Call the MSDH Hotline at 1-877-978-6453 to determine your eligibility and to make an appointment for vaccination at a participating health department clinic.

How Monkeypox Is Spread

Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal contact — including skin-to-skin contact such as:

Monkeypox does not spread easily without close contact.

This contact can happen during any intimate sexual contact:

Transmission can occur by other types of contact:

Many monkeypox cases have occurred among men who have sex with men, but anyone who comes into close contact with an infected person may be at risk.

Monkeypox Symptoms

Early symptoms of monkeypox are usually flu-like:

Other symptoms usually develop a few days later:

Note: Some people experience a rash or sores first, followed by other symptoms and some only experience a rash or sores.

When you can infect others: Monkeypox can be spread to others when symptoms begin and until all sores have healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. Healing can take several weeks.

If You Have Symptoms

If you get a new or unexplained rash, especially if you have been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox:

If You or Your Partner Have Monkeypox


For Healthcare Providers

More Information

The CDC has more information on monkeypox and protective steps.

Links referenced
Mississippi case report    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,19306,431,pdf/Mpx_weekly.pdf
Healthcare Provider Information    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,431,831,html
View weekly report    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,19306,431,pdf/Mpx_weekly.pdf
View monkeypox vaccination providers in Mississippi    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,19327,431,pdf/Monkeypox_vaccination_providers.pdf
Mississippi case report    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,19306,431,pdf/Mpx_weekly.pdf
U.S. map and case count (CDC)    https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/response/2022/us-map.html
Current U.S. situation (CDC)    https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/response/2022/
Monkeypox testing, vaccine and other information for healthcare providers    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,431,831,html
What You Need to Know about Monkeypox if You are a Teen or Young Adult    https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/teens-young-adults.html
Information for schools, day care, and other settings serving children or adolescents    https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/schools/faq.html
Personal safety and safety in social gatherings    https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/prevention.html
Monkeypox information from the CDC    https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/

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