Offering Monkeypox Vaccines to High-Risk Communities in RGV

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State health officials are sending a limited number of monkeypox doses to Hidalgo County, which could arrive as early as this week. Additional doses are being made available to Cameron, Willacy and Starr counties. Image for illustration purposes
State health officials are sending a limited number of monkeypox doses to Hidalgo County, which could arrive as early as this week. Additional doses are being made available to Cameron, Willacy and Starr counties. Image for illustration purposes

Mega Doctor News

EDINBURG, Texas – State health officials have begun shipping a limited supply of monkeypox vaccines so that the four counties of the Rio Grande Valley may begin vaccinating high risk communities. This is a preventive measure only; there have been no verified monkeypox cases in the Rio Grande Valley.

State health officials are sending a limited number of monkeypox doses to Hidalgo County, which could arrive as early as this week. Additional doses are being made available to Cameron, Willacy and Starr counties.

Health officials from all four counties have decided to begin making the vaccines available to high risk populations beginning early next week. Supplemental information about where high risk residents may obtain the vaccines will be provided at a later date.

Currently, about 780 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in other parts of Texas. Health officials warn that anyone can contract monkeypox if directly exposed to someone with the virus.

In most cases, monkeypox is not considered fatal, but the pustules that form because of the virus can be painful and disfiguring.

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