MLHU to open monkeypox vaccination clinics for at-risk population

As the number of confirmed cases of monkeypox approaches 100 in Ontario, the Middlesex London Health Unit (MLHU) is expanding its response.

Two vaccination clinics are taking place this week at the MLHU headquarters in CitiPlaza.

Vaccines will be available for people at higher risk of contracting monkeypox.

“These clinics that we host are for people over the age of 18 who identify as men who have sex with men,” Dr. Alex Summers explained during a Monday afternoon press briefing. .

On Monday, there had been two confirmed cases of monkeypox in London and Middlesex County.

Neither person required hospitalization.

Immunization clinics mark a shift in the response of health units from a case-by-case approach to a population-based approach.

According to the MLHU website, monkeypox is a viral illness whose symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Lethargy
  • Rash (smallpox lesions)

Dr Summers added that the risk of contracting monkeypox in the region remains low because it is transmitted through close personal contact – and not like COVID-19.

“There is no specific vaccine for monkeypox. This is actually the smallpox vaccine that new data suggests protects against monkeypox, and especially against severe symptoms,” Dr Summers explained.

The clinics will take place:

  • June 27 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at CitiPlaza
  • June 29 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at CitiPlaza