Oregonians who got their first dose of the monkeypox vaccine will begin receiving calls from public health officials to get their second dose, according to the Oregon Health Authority.
OHA encourages anyone who receives the calls to share concerns or questions and schedule a time to get the second dose. You can get a second dose at least 28 days after the first one.
The vaccine can be given along with most other vaccines, including the flu and COVID-19 vaccine. OHA said the vaccine is also safe for people with compromised immune systems, pregnant women and people with chronic skin conditions.
Monkeypox cases, which have predominantly impacted LGBTQ people, have declined dramatically across the U.S. in recent weeks.
According to OHA, monkeypox spreads primarily through close skin-to-skin contact, often through intimate or sexual contact. The health authority said infection has also occurred during contact with the lesions of an individual with monkeypox through a caregiving relationship.
Anyone who suspects they have monkeypox should contact their health care provider. Those who don’t have a health care provider can call 211 or a local public health authority to find a clinic.