Eligible residents will receive a single dose of Imvamune as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). The clinic is not intended for close contact with a confirmed or probable case of monkeypox according to PPH. Residents who believe they are a close contact are urged to call their healthcare provider or Peterborough Public Health immediately to report their condition and receive advice.
Appointments can be booked by calling the Sexual Health Clinic at 705-748-2021 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Walk-ins are not being accepted at this time.
“The World Health Organization now describes Monkeypox as a public health emergency of international concern,” said Dr. Thomas Piggott, Medical Officer of Health. “Peterborough Public Health encourages all eligible members of the gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men community who are at high level of protection through vaccination prior to exposure.”
There have been 326 confirmed cases of monkeypox in Ontario since Monday according to the HPP. Peterborough Public Health has had two confirmed cases during this time.
The vaccine can prevent infection with monkeypox or prevent the development of serious symptoms, as stated in the press release. Currently, the supply of Imvamune® is limited in Ontario.
Anyone over the age of 18 who meets the requirements, has not received a COVID-19 vaccine in the past four weeks, and at least one of the following is eligible for the vaccine:
Have been diagnosed with a bacterial STI (i.e. chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis) within the past two months
Have had two or more sexual partners in the past 21 days or plan to
Have frequented places of sexual contact in the past 21 days (i.e. bathhouses, sex clubs) or may intend to work or volunteer in these settings
Have had anonymous sex in the past 21 days (for example, using hookup apps) or intend to have it
Engage in sex work or may intend to do so and their sexual contacts
Immunocompromised, pregnant or nursing residents may be at higher risk for serious illness from monkeypox infection. These residents should contact a public health nurse at 705-743-1000, ext. 131 to consider PrEP if they are at risk of Monkeypox.
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