The City of Hollywood continues to partner with the Florida Department of health to host a Monkeypox vaccination site within the City at the David Park Community Center, 108 N. 33rd Court. The initial dose of vaccinations concluded last week with the 2nd dose of the vaccine scheduled to be administered at the Center from September 12 through September 23. Previously the site required appointments, but the health department has announced it will accept walk-ins at this vaccination site for those needing a first dose. The City’s David Park vaccination site will operate Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m*. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
*Please note vaccinations will end at 6 p.m. on September 14th due to a previously scheduled event at the Center.
The JYNNEOS vaccine is a two-dose vaccine taken 28 days apart. It takes 14 days after getting the second dose of JYNNEOS for its immune protection to reach its maximum.
Consult your healthcare provider if you think you have been exposed, are at a high risk for exposure, or to see if you should get vaccinated. The CDC recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed and people who are at higher risk of being exposed. People more likely to get monkeypox include:
- People who have been identified by public health officials as a contact of someone with monkeypox
- People who are aware that one of their sexual partners in the past 2 weeks has been diagnosed with monkeypox
- People who had multiple sexual partners in the past 2 weeks in an area with known monkeypox
- People whose jobs may expose them to orthopoxviruses, such as:
- Laboratory workers who perform testing for orthopoxviruses
- Laboratory workers who handle cultures or animals with orthopoxviruses
- Some designated healthcare or public health workers
If you or your healthcare provider suspect a possible case of monkeypox, please call the 24/7 disease reporting hotline at 850.245.4401.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is monkeypox? Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal.
Am I at risk of getting monkeypox? People can get monkeypox if they have close, skin-to-skin contact with someone who has monkeypox. Early indications are that events with activities in which people engage in close, sustained skin-to-skin contact have resulted in cases of monkeypox. If you plan to attend an event, consider how much close, personal, skin-to-skin contact is likely to occur there.
What are some of the symptoms of monkeypox?
- Muscle aches and backache
- Swollen lymph nodes
- A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.
- The rash goes through different stages before healing completely. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash. Symptoms usually appear one to two weeks after infection.
What should I do if I have symptoms?
- See a healthcare provider if you notice a new or unexplained rash or other monkeypox symptoms.
- Avoid close contact (including intimate physical contact) with others until a healthcare provider examines you.
- Avoid close contact with pets or other animals until a healthcare provider examines you.
- If you’re waiting for test results, follow the same precautions.
- If your test result is positive, stay isolated until your rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed.
How can monkeypox be prevented? Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox. Do not share eating utensils or cups or handle or touch their bedding, towels, or clothing. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. CDC tips to lower your risk.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention monkeypox website for more information.