Algoma Public Health
Mpox is a virus that causes fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes and tiredness, followed by a rash and blisters on the skin. It is endemic to parts of west and central Africa. Since May 2022, a strain of Mpox has spread to more than 70 countries, including to Canada. The pattern of spread has been primarily human-to-human through sexually-associated transmission.
Anyone can get Mpox. However, during the current outbreak, gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men have been impacted the most. At this time, Mpox has mostly spread between people who had close intimate/sexual contact with a person who has the virus. The virus does not spread through casual contact.
Part of the response to the current outbreak is the provision of a vaccine, Imvamune®, that can help to prevent infection or lessen the severity of the disease. This vaccine will be provided free-of-charge to eligible individuals by Algoma Public Health.
Vaccine Eligibility Criteria
Vaccine Side Effects & Risks
- Mpox is typically found in parts of central and west Africa. It does not usually circulate in humans or animals in Canada.
- Initial symptoms of Mpox may include fever, chills, headache, swollen lymph nodes, muscle pain, and fatigue followed by a rash or sores, usually one to three days later, on the palms of the hands, on the soles of the feet, inside the mouth, and/or on the genitals. In some cases, the rash is the first symptom.
- Mpox is usually mild. It typically goes away on its own within two to four weeks.
- Those who have close contact with someone who has monkeypox infection while the person has symptoms are at risk of getting the virus.
- Severe cases are more common among newborns, children, pregnant people, and people who are immunocompromised. You can reduce your risk of getting Mpox by avoiding close contact with people who have confirmed Mpox or people with symptoms that might be due to Mpox infection.
Want to Learn More? Here are some useful resources:
- Public Health Ontario
- Health Canada - Mpox Vaccination Clinic Resources
- Ministry of Health Guidance for Health Care Providers
CONTACT US: 705-942-4646 ext. 3274 (Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 4 PM)
A Public Health nurse will take your information and you will be contacted and asked to attend a clinic where you can receive the vaccine. All information gathered will remain confidential.
Your health is important to us. We encourage you to ask questions and stay informed.