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Public Health announces Monkeypox Vaccination Event, Aug. 13

Kern County Public Health Services Department

[Editor’s note: We have updated the article to reflect the latest vaccine clinic available at time of publication. Please refer to Kern County Public Health’s website for current information on monkeypox and vaccine clinics.] Kern County Public Health is hosting a Monkeypox Vaccination Event on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kern County Public Health Services Building, 1800 Mt. Vernon Ave., Bakersfield, California. This event is free to the community, and you must 18 years of age and older.

The risk of monkeypox to the general public continues to be low. Certain people may be at higher risk of a monkeypox infection and may be eligible for vaccination. If you are interested in determining your eligibility and scheduling an appointment, visit our website http://www.kernpublichealth.com/monkeypox/ and click on the vaccination event information to complete a confidential survey.

Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the Monkeypox virus. Symptoms of monkeypox may include a rash that may look like pimples or blisters, fever, swollen lymph nodes, general body aches or fatigue. People with a monkeypox infection may experience all or only a few of these symptoms. Monkeypox can be passed to others from the time symptoms start until all sores have healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed, which can take several weeks. Anyone who believes they have been exposed to monkeypox or has symptoms of monkeypox should contact a healthcare provider as soon as possible.