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Vaccination for whom?
In addition to people in high-risk contact with a sick person, vaccination against monkey pox now it is offered to people with the highest risk of exposure, recalls Dr. Hélène Bazus, an infectious disease specialist, at the Lens hospital center: men who have sex with men and transgender people, in both cases, multipartners, workers and workers sexual, professionals who work in establishments of coexistence or sexual consumption (libertine clubs, etc.). It is estimated that 10,000 people have been affected by this vaccination campaign in the region.
How does it work ?
To be eligible for the vaccine, you must swear to be part of the target audience. The vaccination schedule includes two doses, at least 28 days apart, or a single dose for people born before 1980.” when smallpox vaccination was still compulsory “explains the doctor. For immunocompromised people, three doses are needed. The vaccine is free, but you must make an appointment and come with your vaccination card.
An informed public, a campaign off to a good start
« As soon as the Regional Health Agency announced the extension of vaccination, people responded very well, I received many requests by email, by phone says the doctor. ” Information circulates well, in particular thanks to associations, such as ASSISTANTS either ENIPSEand it is a public very sensitive to prevention, from HIV, then the vaccination campaign in 2017 against hepatitis A. » « Very quickly, we had many requests on the subject.confirms Benjamin Duval, regional delegate for Hauts-de-France ENIPSE, who came to receive his first dose on Friday. The relationship of trust with the associations, the doctors is very strong, it was not built in a day. So when a prevention message comes from the medical authorities, the doctors, people don’t ask too many questions, they follow it.. »
Monkeypox is not recognized as a sexually transmitted infection, but is transmitted through very close contact. Immunity begins 10 to 15 days after the first dose, for real protection 10 days after the second, indicates the infectologist. ” The vaccine used is a third generation smallpox vaccine. It protects for life against smallpox, but we don’t have the perspective to say so for monkeypox.. »
After very general symptoms (fever, tiredness, pharyngitis…), ” what can alert is the appearance of lesions, theoretically red pimples but they do not itch and evolve to form scabs, a bit like chickenpox. It is recommended to isolate yourself and contact an infectious disease service or your doctor.. »
A telephone information platform “Monkeypox Info service” can be accessed free of charge, 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., on 0801 90 80 69.