Monkeypox Background Information
Information on the Monkeypox virus can be found on the Gov.uk website via this link www.gov.uk/guidance/monkeypox
Alternatively you can also find information about the Monkeypox virus on Terrence Higgins Trust website www.tht.org.uk/news/monkeypox-uk
You will find information on both sites on:
- Clinical features
- Infection prevention and control
Anyone can contract monkeypox, but UK data from the current outbreak shows higher levels of transmission between men who have sex with men. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has recommended offering smallpox vaccine, which is effective against monkeypox, to people considered to be at higher risk of exposure.
NHS England is due to set out details on how eligible people can get vaccinated shortly. We will now be contacting eligible patients based on the information on our patient informations system.
If you receive a text you will be given instructions to email our team with your interest in receiving the vaccination. You MUST provide your name, DOB and patient ID (if known) so that we can add you to our waiting list for vaccination booking - please note we have a limited supply and will prioritise by clinical risk.
Please see below links; the first contains information on the Smallpox vaccination which will protect you from Monkeypox and the other explains why there may be delays offering you the vaccine::
UKHSA Monkeypox Vaccination Leaflet [pdf] 510KB
UKHSA - Why Do I Have To Wait [pdf] 330KB
Patients Diagnosed With Monkeypox
For all patients who have been diagnosed with Monkeypox please see the below link with Microsoft Word document which contains:
- Contact information for your local clinical team
- Information on the virus, including symptom management
- Isolation guidance