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Monkeypox cases remain low but rising in New Hampshire – WMUR Manchester

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State epidemiologist says vaccines effective at preventing infection
State epidemiologist says vaccines effective at preventing infection
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State epidemiologist says vaccines effective at preventing infection
The number of monkeypox cases in New Hampshire is low but slowly increasing, health officials said Tuesday.

Dr. Benjamin Chan, the state epidemiologist, said 19 monkeypox cases have been identified in New Hampshire. Health experts said there have been more than 18,000 confirmed cases in the United States, with an average of 300-400 new cases per day.
Chan said the focus of state health officials is on getting vaccines to those who need them. He said two doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine offer full protection about two weeks after the second dose.
There are two groups recommended to get the vaccine in New Hampshire: those who have been exposed to monkeypox in the past 14 days and those who are at the highest risk of exposure.
The vaccine is available to anyone who lives, works or has a primary care provider in New Hampshire.
Chan said monkeypox has primarily been spreading through sexual networks among men who have sex with other men, but it can be spread to anyone who has close physical contact with someone who has been infected and is showing symptoms.
Anyone who thinks they have been exposed to monkeypox should speak to a doctor. Chan said testing is widely available.
Those seeking vaccination should speak to their doctor to get a referral for a vaccination appointment. Anyone who doesn’t have a health care provider can call one of the eight Convenient MD locations, including Belmont, Concord, Dover, Keene, Littleton, Manchester, Nashua and Portsmouth.
Chan said the state plans to expand access to vaccines as it gets more doses.
More information on vaccinations in New Hampshire can be found here.
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