Mpox and accessing mpox vaccines

Published: 04 August 2023
Last updated: 30 November 2023

Mpox vaccines are available to eligible people. While cases are rare, it’s important to look out for yourself and others.

We want to give a huge thank you to our communities who since the outbreak, have shared information about symptoms and how to reduce the spread of mpox. This has meant that there has been a steady decline in mpox since July 2022. Mpox hasn’t gone away, so it’s important to keep the conversation going and look out for one another.

What is mpox and how is it spread? 

Mpox is a viral infection that can be passed on through close contact, including skin-to-skin contact during sex, kissing, sharing bedding, towels, or clothing, and droplets from coughs/ sneezes. While mpox is currently more common among men who have sex with men, it can affect anyone, be aware of the symptoms, including fever, rash, swollen lymph nodes, and fatigue.

If you experience any of these symptoms, contact a medical professional. Call 111 or a sexual health clinic if you have a new rash, especially on your face or genitals, or if you’ve been in contact with someone who has mpox. 

Getting vaccinated

The smallpox vaccine can protect against mpox. Check eligibility and book your appointment now. Your second dose may be needed 2-3 months after the first. The first doses are available until June 17, 2023, and second doses until July 31, 2023. If you have trouble booking online, contact your local sexual health clinic or email for support. We can’t arrange vaccines but can help with the process.

Staying safe from mpox

Staying safe from mpox (previously known as monkeypox) is all about being prepared and informed.

Help others avoid infection by isolating if asked to by a healthcare professional, and talking openly with sexual partners about sexual health testing and history. Wash thoroughly before/after sex, avoid sharing towels or toys, and use condoms and lube.

If there is an outbreak limiting contact may help. Remember to be kind and non-judgmental, and reach out to our sexual health team for support and guidance if you need it. 

For more information about mpox, watch our Q&A video below (recorded Aug 2, 2022, so some information may be out of date).

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