Mississippi State Department of Health



Mpox (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. Infections have been increasingly reported in Mississippi and the U.S. Preventive vaccination is recommended for those at risk.

Vaccination Against Mpox


Persons 18 and older who meet any one of the following criteria are eligible for two-dose mpox vaccination:

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

Where to Get Vaccinations

Mpox 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

Online: Schedule your appointment with our online Mpox Vaccine Scheduler: Get started

By phone: Call tMSDH at 855-767-0170 to determine your eligibility and to make an appointment for vaccination at a participating health department clinic.

How Mpox Is Spread

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

Mpox 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 mpox 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.

Mpox Symptoms

Early symptoms of mpox 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: Mpox 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 mpox:

If You or Your Partner Have Mpox


More Information

The CDC has more information on mpox and protective steps.

Links referenced on this page
Healthcare Provider Information    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,431,831,html ok
Mpox vaccination locator    https://mpoxvaxmap.org/
View list of mpox vaccination providers in Mississippi    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,19327,431,pdf/Monkeypox_vaccination_providers.pdf
Get started    https://monkeypoxvaccine.msdh.ms.gov
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/
Mpox testing, vaccine and other information for healthcare providers    http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,0,431,831,html ok
What You Need to Know about Mpox: For teens and young adults    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
Mpox information from the CDC    https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/

Resources referenced
View list of mpox vaccination providers in Mississippi    https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,19327,431,pdf/Monkeypox_vaccination_providers.pdf ok
Mississippi case report    https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/index.cfm/14,19306,431,pdf/Mpx_weekly.pdf ok

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