Public Health Strongly Recommends Mpox Vaccination Before Pride Events
Mpox is mainly spread through direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person during intimate physical contact or sex
May 15, 2023
May 10, 2023 - To reduce the risk of contracting or transmitting mpox at upcoming festivals and Pride events, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) strongly recommends people at higher risk for mpox get fully vaccinated with two doses of the mpox vaccine for maximum protection against severe illness.
While there have been only three confirmed new mpox cases reported since March 1 in Los Angeles County, the recently reported cluster of at least 14 mpox cases in the Chicago area highlights the high potential for mpox resurgence locally.
Mpox is mainly spread through direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person during intimate physical contact or sex. However, it is important to note that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that some infected people who have no symptoms can still spread the infection up to four days before they develop symptoms.
The following groups are considered at higher risk for mpox:
Any man or transgender person who has sex with men or transgender persons
Persons of any gender or sexual orientation who engage in commercial and/or transactional sex or have sex in association with a large public event
Persons living with HIV, especially persons with uncontrolled or advanced HIV disease
Sexual partners of people in any of the above groups
People in these higher-risk groups should get two doses of mpox vaccine for the best protection. The vaccine works very well to prevent mpox (70-85% protection) and prevent serious cases. Second doses can be given no matter how long it's been since the first dose. Residents can choose to receive the mpox subcutaneously (in the upper arm) or intradermally (under the skin on their arm or back). Vaccine boosters are not recommended at this time.
Mpox vaccines are free and available to anyone who requests it regardless of their insurance or immigration status and without having to disclose information on personal risk.
To find a vaccination site, visit Myturn.ca.gov. For general mpox information, including vaccines, testing and treatment, call the Public Health Call Center at 833-540-0473 seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. or visit the Public Health website at ph.lacounty.gov/mpox.