Orange County Nonprofit Families Together of OC hosts Monkeypox Vaccine Clinic for those most at risk

TUSTIN, Calif. (KABC)– The number of cases of monkeypox continues to rise in the United States

away Aug. 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than 12,000 cases in the nation.

health organizations like Families together from Orange County trying to bridge the gap between the most vulnerable people in the community and the monkeypox vaccine they need to stay healthy.

Matias Axelrod said he was aware that doses of the monkeypox vaccine were limited and were discontinued by the vaccination clinic on Tuesday.

“I found out about this clinic by accident last night, so you really have to google over and over again until you find something,” Axelrod said.

Families Together hosted the Tustin Monkeypox Vaccine Clinic.

“We are proactive. This is not reactive,” said Dr. Sue Reddy, Associate Medical Director for Families Together.

Axelrod got his first dose of the Jynneos shot for peace of mind.

“It can definitely affect anyone, but it appears that the primary route of transmission is between men who have sex with men,” he said. “I think we have to be honest that it’s very common, especially in our community.”

Health experts like Dr. ABC News senior medical correspondent Jen Ashton said while monkeypox is not a particularly contagious virus, it spreads primarily through skin-to-skin contact.

Ashton said rare cases have been reported in children.

“There are only at least seven pediatric-confirmed cases in the United States,” Ashton said. “There are millions and millions of children in this age group, so the overall risk is incredibly low.”

Health officials say pets aren’t immune either.

That Dogs can become infected, according to the CDC after researchers in France reported a case of a dog developing monkeypox after being abandoned by its owners.

Experts are encouraging those who are eligible for the monkeypox vaccine to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves.

Orange County families together said they have enough doses of the vaccine to treat up to 250 people, but add that if the county makes more vaccines available, they can house more clinics.

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Laura Coffey

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