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Eligibility for monkeypox vaccination expanded

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded monkeypox vaccine eligibility. The Sangamon County Department of Public Health has an online vaccine scheduler for monkeypox. 

The CDC began posting preliminary data collected from 32 U.S. public health jurisdictions on rates of monkeypox cases by vaccination status. This data shows that unvaccinated people had 14 times the risk of monkeypox disease compared to vaccinated people.  Studies are underway to demonstrate further how well the vaccine can protect people. Vaccinated persons should still take additional precautions against the virus.

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