Your healthcare provider or local or state public health agency may recommend that you get a MPOX vaccine if you have been exposed to MPOX or if you are at high risk of exposure. Note: If you have been exposed to a confirmed case of MPOX, you will be contacted by your state health department and given special instructions on where and how you can receive the vaccine.
Vaccines through the UG Public Health Department
The Unified Government Public Health Department (UGPHD) currently has MPOX vaccines for people who are at higher risk of being exposed to MPOX. Click the button below to fill out a form to see if you are eligible to receive a MPOX vaccination:
MPOX Vaccine Sign-Up
Criteria for higher risk of MPOX exposure is based on guidelines from the CDC and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Individuals who are currently eligible for the MPOX vaccine include men who have sex with men, or transgender, gender non-conforming, or gender non-binary individuals, or men or women who engage in commercial sex work, who, in the next 6 months:
- May have multiple or anonymous sex partners, or
- May meet sex partners through online applications or social media platforms (e.g., Grindr, Tinder, Scruff) or at clubs, raves, sex parties, saunas, or other large gatherings, or
- May be diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection.
The majority of cases in the current MPOX outbreak have been linked to sexual activity and have occurred in men who have sex with men, and people in their sexual networks. However, anyone in close contact with a person with MPOX can get MPOX, regardless of sexual orientation, gender, age, race, or other attributes.
MPOX can spread in multiple ways. Most of the time, MPOX is spread through contact with MPOX lesions on someone’s skin or mucous membranes. This type of exposure is more likely to occur through sexual activity than other types of contact. Less commonly, monkeypox can spread through prolonged non-sexual physical contact, face-to-face contact, or contact with a contaminated surface such as clothing or linens that touched the infectious rash or bodily fluids.