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GGD Flevoland sends out calls for the monkeypox vaccination. ‘book an appointment!’

Since the beginning of this week, GGD Flevoland has sent out specific invitations to the eligible target group for the monkeypox vaccination, also known as monkeypox.

This pertains to MSM and transgender people who are currently taking PrEP, or who are on a waiting list to get them. People known to be soapy with an increased risk of STIs are also eligible for the vaccination.

“It is very important that people heed this call because Monkeypox is a very vicious infectious disease with unpleasant symptoms,” explains GGD physician, Majid Hosseinia. It is good to stress that it is not an STD. Infection occurs through skin-to-skin contact and through intimate contact.

What is monkeypox and what are its symptoms?

Monkeypox is a smallpox virus and is found mainly in West African and Central African countries. In May, the disease was diagnosed in people in Europe. The disease often begins with fever, muscle aches, and swollen lymph nodes. After 1-3 days, the affected person develops a rash. This rash begins with spots that turn into blisters. After the blisters dry, crusts that eventually ooze from the skin remain after 2-3 weeks. There may be scars on the blisters.

The vaccination consists of two rounds

Husseinenia continues: “The vaccination consists of two rounds, after the first injection you get the second vaccination after 28 days. This applies to people who have never received a smallpox vaccination, otherwise you only need one injection. It’s a vaccine that we know and has been used all over the world to combat the so-called human smallpox. It is important to know that the amount of vaccines is limited in the Netherlands. We do not receive endless stock from RIVM. So, once again, you are invited to get an injection, make an appointment right away. You can do this via the phone number mentioned in the message.

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For more information, visit the RIVM website: https://www.rivm.nl/monkeypox-apenpokken

The SOA Aids Nederland website also contains useful background information: https://www.soaaids.nl/nl/alle-soas/monkeypox-apenpokken