Monkeypox jab be given to at-risk gay, bisexual men, says UK report

Some gay and bisexual men, who are at higher risk of getting infected monkeypoxa vaccine should be offered, British health officials say.

According to the BBC, this could help contain the recent outbreak of the rare virus in the UK, which has infected 793 people so far.

The report stated that Monkeypox is not defined as a sexually transmitted infection. However, it can be transmitted through close contact during sex, and with bedding, towels, and skin.

The UK Health Security AgencyUKHSA) said a vaccine designed to protect against smallpox called Imvanexwill help protect people who may be exposed to monkey pox.

The vaccine is effective against monkey pox because it comes from the same family of viruses. Its use has been approved by UK vaccine experts, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI).

Health officials say they continue to see “a remarkable proportion of cases of gay, bisexual and other men having sex with men”.

They say they hope to roll out vaccines for higher-risk people that will “break the chains of transmission.”

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