Recently Governor Pritzker declared MPV (Monkeypox Virus) a public health emergency in Illinois. The Lee County Health Department (LCHD) has received inquiries about JYNNEOS, also known as Imvamune or Imvanex vaccine, which has been approved by the FDA for the prevention of MPV infection.
Due to limited supply, this vaccine is being prioritized for jurisdictions with recent cases of MPV and is therefore not currently available in Lee County. LCHD will provide information and guidance if vaccine becomes available.
To help protect yourself and others from MPV, individuals who develop a new or unusual rash or have symptoms of MPV should contact their healthcare provider. LCHD encourages the following steps to reduce the risk of MPV infection: Avoid close, skin to skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like MPV.
Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with MPV.
Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sexual contact with someone with MPV.
Avoid contact with objects or materials that a person with MPV has used.
Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with MPV.
Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with MPV.
Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before touching your face or eating and after using the bathroom.
While certain individuals may be at an increased risk of exposure to MPV at this time, anyone can contract and transmit MPV. Please monitor CDC and IDPH for updates and new guidance as this outbreak continues.