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Mpox is a disease caused by a virus. A global mpox outbreak began in 2022. Mpox cases have been identified in many countries that do not normally report mpox, including the United States.

Kitsap vaccination clinics:

Kitsap Public Health offers mpox (JYNNEOS) vaccination at the Norm Dicks Government Center in Bremerton. See our vaccine clinic calendar for details or to book an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome from 12:30-3:15 p.m. on Wednesdays. For more information, call 360-728-2007 or email



Kitsap Public Health ofrece vacunación contra la viruela del mono en Bremerton. Consulte el calendario de nuestra clínica de vacunas para obtener más detalles o para reservar una cita. Para obtener más información, llame al 360-728-2235 o envíe un correo electrónico a

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What is mpox and why is it a public health concern?

Mpox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Mpox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder. Mpox is rarely fatal. Beginning in 2022, mpox cases have been identified in countries that do not typically report mpox, including the United States.

How serious is it?

Most people recover in two to four weeks. Mpox can cause serious illness, especially in people who are immunocompromised, children, and people who are pregnant.

How does mpox spread?

The mpox virus is most often spread through close, skin-to-skin contact with someone who has mpox (usually contact with a rash, sores or scabs from a person with mpox). Mpox can also spread through respiratory droplets or saliva during face-to-face contact, such as kissing, or contact with items such as clothing or bedding used by someone with mpox. Learn more about mpox prevention and sexual health.

What are the symptoms of mpox?

Symptoms can include a rash or sores that can look like pimples or blisters (see image below). The rash can appear anywhere on the body. 
Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, chills, headaches or muscle aches, swollen glands, and exhaustion can occur before a rash or sores appear. 
Learn more about identifying mpox.

How to protect yourself and others

  • Avoid skin-to-skin contact with people who have symptoms similar to mpox, especially a rash or sores.  
  • If you develop an unexplained rash or sores similar to mpox, contact a healthcare provider as soon as possible and avoid physical contact with others.

Is there a vaccine for mpox?

The JYNNEOS vaccine is approved for prevention of mpox disease. See the vaccination section at the top of this page for updates on local vaccination clinics.


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