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Monkeypox vaccine eligibility expanded in North Dakota

According to the department of health, North Dakota has two reported cases of monkeypox. People in close contact with existing monkeypox cases will continue to receive high priority for a vaccination.

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BISMARCK — An increase of available vaccines has allowed the North Dakota Department of Health to expand the eligibility guidelines for the monkeypox vaccination to include any male, age 18 or older, who identifies as having sex with other men.

According to the department of health, North Dakota has two reported cases of monkeypox. People in close contact with existing monkeypox cases will continue to receive high priority for a vaccination.

Individuals who are interested in receiving a vaccination should contact health care providers listed on the department of health monkeypox vaccine locator .

“The risk to the public is low at this time. Transmission primarily occurs through close, skin-to-skin contact with someone who has monkeypox,” said Kirby Kruger, Section Chief of Disease Control.

So far, North Dakota has received 275 doses of the vaccine. This allocation is based on the population as well as the reported number of monkeypox cases statewide.

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“In order to prevent a monkeypox outbreak in North Dakota, it is important that those who are eligible for vaccination be vaccinated quickly,” said Molly Howell, immunization director. “Individuals who are eligible and interested in vaccination are encouraged to contact a health care provider.”

For more information on monkeypox or its symptoms, visit health.nd.gov/monkeypox .

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