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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Health Ministry begins citing patients at risk for monkeypox vaccine

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The Ministry of Universal Health and Public Health is going to start calling around 730 people for vaccination against monkeypox by SMS to reduce the risk of infection with this virus.

Thus, in accordance with the vaccination recommendations established at the meeting of the Public Health Commission of the National Health System on 22 August, in which vaccination priorities were established, the Valencian community has already begun to cite men up to 60 years of age. Age receiving pre-exposure treatment for HIV; Follow-up in hospital counseling for men with HIV infection who meet age criteria (up to 60 years) and risk practices, such as multiple partners, use of recreational drugs, or participation in “chemsex”.

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People with a high exchange of sexual partners (10 or more in the past 12 months or 3 partners in the last 3 months) and people who visit specific places to practice group sex (saunas, etc.) have had an infection (STI) in the past month and who have not previously received the vaccine.

Vaccination is mainly done Center for AIDS Information and Prevention (CIPS) From each of the three provinces, after requesting an appointment for vaccination at each centre, an SMS has been sent indicating that they can request it.

Post-exposure prophylaxis
With regard to post-exposure prophylaxis, vaccination of close contacts of confirmed cases at high risk of serious disease in the Valencian community will continue (including those with immunosuppression, including HIV infection with <200 cells/mL, pregnant women and children in the population ). Identification is made through relevant epidemiological surveys.

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Health workers who have treated patients or taken samples without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) or when this has failed will continue to be vaccinated. And it will also continue in other close contacts identified through relevant epidemiological surveys.

A total of 94 doses of monkeypox vaccine have been administered to the Valencian community, following the recommendations of the Public Health Commission.

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