Monkeypox, now recognized by the World Health Organization as "mpox", is a rare, viral infection that does not usually cause serious illness. However, it can result in hospitalization or death. Mpox is typically spread through close, physical contact with someone who has mpox or with a contaminated object.
How mpox spreads
Mpox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact, including:
Symptoms of mpox can include:
If you are exposed or experience mpox symptoms, reach out to your health care provider.
How to protect yourself against mpox
You can protect yourself by taking simple steps, which are especially important for those who may be at higher risk for severe disease, including people with weakened immune systems:
Vaccine for mpox can help prevent disease or make it less severe.
To make a vaccination appointment at Nassau University Medical Center/NuHealth, please call 516-486-6862.
Confidential homebound vaccination appointments can be made through Town of North Hempstead Emergency Medical Services. Please call 516-897-4110.
New York State eligibility currently includes: