Monkeypox is a rare contagious disease caused by the monkeypox virus. Most people have mild illness and recover without treatment. Monkeypox symptoms include a rash, fever, chills, headache, muscle and back aches and swollen lymph nodes. Monkeypox is rarely fatal. Anyone who believes they are ill with monkeypox should contact their doctor.
Anyone who lives in Virginia and believes they may be at risk of having an exposure to monkeypox and are interested in the monkeypox post-exposure vaccine should complete the screening form at the link below. Once the information has been reviewed by a public health nurse, the Health Department will contact you. Your information and survey response will only be reviewed by authorized individuals at the Health Department.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend widespread vaccination for monkeypox at this time. The Health Department has received a small amount of vaccine from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and will provide more information as additional vaccine supplies become available.
Learn More About Monkeypox
Individuals who are at increased risk of exposure to monkeypox are encouraged to learn more about how the disease is spread, symptoms of the disease and how to prevent contracting it by visiting the CDC and VDH websites.