Uk News Tens of thousands of gay and bisexual men most at risk of monkeypox to be offered vaccine United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - Eligibility for Imvanex jab - also used for smallpox - will be extended as health chiefs try to limit outbreak that has infected nearly 800 in the UK
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Tens of thousands of gay and bisexual men are to be offered vaccines to limit the monkeypox outbreak in the UK.Health chiefs have decided to extend the jab – currently given to people infected with the virus and their close contacts – to men at highest risk of contracting monkeypox.The smallpox jab Imvanex, which has been shown to reduce symptoms of people infected as well as limiting transmission, will be used as a “pre-exposure” vaccination for gay or bisexual men.It is currently administered to healthcare staff who have treated monkeypox patients, staff in sexual health clinics, workers in bio labs dealing with the outbreak, and cleaners who decontaminate areas where patients have been.A source said the number of people expected to be offered the jab is in the tens of thousands, but eligibility will depend on a number of criteria, with doctors assessing an individual’s risk level.People should wait to be offered the vaccine, the UK Health Security Agency said.A total of 793 people in the UK have been confirmed to have had monkeypox since the outbreak was identified in the country in early May.The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended the jab be offered as soon as possible to gay and bisexual men at highest risk, using similar criteria to those offered the HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which can reduce the risk of contracting HIV.The risk criteria include: a recent history of multiple partners, participating in group sex, attending sex on premises venues or a “proxy marker” such as recent bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the past year.The UKHSA said wider vaccination in low-risk gay or bisexual men or the general population was not advised at this time.
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.While it is not currently defined as a sexually transmitted infection, it can be passed on by close and intimate contact that occurs during sex.More on MonkeypoxMonkeypox symptoms advice: What to do if you display the signs of the virus07 June, 2022What does Monkeypox look like? Symptoms and how the rash appears as UK cases increase07 June, 202271 more monkeypox cases identified in England as people with virus warned to abstain from sex30 May, 2022NHS England will set out details on how eligible people can get vaccinated shortly.Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at UKHSA, said: “Our extensive contact tracing work has helped to limit the spread of the monkeypox virus, but we are continuing to see a notable proportion of cases in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.“By expanding the vaccine offer to those at higher risk, we hope to break chains of transmission and help contain the outbreak.“Although most cases are mild, severe illness can occur in some people, so it is important we use the available vaccine to target groups where spread is ongoing.“In the meantime, everyone should continue to be alert to any new spots, ulcers or blisters on any part of their body, particularly if they’ve had close contact with a new partner.“If you think you have these symptoms, avoid close contact with others and call NHS 111 or your local sexual health centre, though please phone ahead before attending.”Alex Sparrowhawk, health promotion specialist at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “This targeted vaccination programme is a positive move forward while the data still shows monkeypox is disproportionately affecting gay and bisexual men in the UK.“We encourage everyone, regardless of your sexuality, to be vigilant about new spots, ulcers and blisters, and are continuing to closely monitor the latest data in order to play our part in providing the latest guidance and health information on monkeypox to empower the communities most affected to best protect their health.”
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