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Should I still be worried about monkeypox?

By Fenit Nirappil and Lena H. Sun

30 Sep 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

This article answers some key questions about the monkeypox virus; including which stage the endemic is currently at, the direction it could be going in and vaccine eligibility.

New monkeypox cases are declining in the United States, a trend public health officials and clinicians attribute to vaccination and changes in behavior.

Eligible individuals who did not receive the monkeypox vaccine were about 14 times more likely to become infected than those who received a first dose of the two-dose vaccine, according to new early data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - a promising sign CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said provides "a level of cautious optimism that the vaccine is working as intended."

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