Middlesex-London Well being Unit hosts monkeypox vaccination clinics this week – London

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The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is hosting vaccination clinics this week for people at high risk of exposure to the monkeypox virus.

Clinics are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Health Department at Citi Plaza at 355 Wellington St., Suite 110.

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“These clinics are for people aged 18 and over who self-identify as relatives of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with other men, and who have either had sexual contacts for more than two weeks in the past few weeks or have recently been anonymous dating apps,” said Dr. Alex Summers, Health Officer at MLHU.

“Monkeypox is circulating in Ontario and is reported primarily among gay and bisexual men,” he continued. “Transmission appears to occur primarily through close personal and sexual contact, so the clinics are for them.”

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MLHU will administer the smallpox vaccine in the monkeypox vaccination clinics.

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Summers says there is no specific vaccine against the monkeypox virus, but the smallpox vaccine may be effective in reducing monkeypox symptoms.

On Sunday there were two confirmed cases of monkeypox in the London and Middlesex area.

The MLHU says the risk of transmission remains low.

Anyone planning a visit to the monkeypox vaccination clinic does not need to book an appointment and no health cards are required.

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