The U.S. reported 14,000 monkeypox cases.
In response to an increase in new cases throughout the country, federal health authorities announced Thursday a significant increase in the nation’s stock of monkeypox vaccination.
Due to an increase in cases of over 30% from only one week ago, the White House said that beginning on Monday, an extra 1.8 million doses of the monkeypox vaccine would be made accessible.
According to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are now more than 14,100 cases of monkeypox in the United States.
In a press conference on Thursday, CDC director Rochelle Walensky acknowledged that the agency is still researching the vaccine’s effectiveness.
She clarified, saying, “To be clear, we are discovering how effectively these vaccinations work against monkeypox, particularly in this specific epidemic.
“Although we think that immunizations will provide protection, it’s crucial to temporarily reduce or avoid activities that raise your chance of exposure to monkeypox, particularly between your first and second doses of vaccine,” the CDC states.
To stretch a single dosage into five doses, the CDC advises medical professionals to administer the vaccine slightly below the skin.
According to Biden administration officials, males account for almost 98% of cases, with most men reporting recent sexual intercourse with other men.
Data from 6,000 instances show that 35% of the victims were White males, 33% were Hispanic, and 28% were Black.
The Kaiser Health News editor, Dr. Celine Gounder, said, “We’re not addressing males who have sex with men, who are Black and Brown, in the manner that we need to.”
With at least 12 youngsters now afflicted, cases among children are also beginning to increase. According to Gounder, a caregiver is the most common way for children in the U.S. to get exposed.
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