Monkeypox Virus (MPV)

Anyone Can Get MPV

MPV spreads by close, skin-to-skin contact with someone who has MPV. This can include hugging, cuddling, massaging, kissing, and intimate or sexual contact.

MPV can also spread during prolonged, close, face-to-face contact from talking, coughing, sneezing, and breathing. This mainly happens when living or caring for someone who has MPV.

MPV also spreads by sharing materials used by a person with MPV such as clothing, bedding, towels, fetish gear, and sex toys. MPV is not spread through casual, brief conversations or walking by someone, like in a store.

How can you prevent getting MPV?
– Talk to your sexual partner(s) about recent illnesses and be aware of any new or unexplained sores or rashes on your body or your partner’s body
– Avoid close contact with people who have, are sick with, fever, sores, or rashes and with materials they may have used
– Wash your hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol-based sanitizer
– If you can’t avoid close contact with someone who has symptoms of MPV, do your best to use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), like a mask, gown, and gloves
– If you have been exposed to someone with MPV, or are at high risk of being exposed, get vaccinated

Who should get the MPV vaccine?
– People who have been exposed to MPV
– People who may be at risk for MPV

Will the vaccine keep me from getting MPV?
– It is not known how well the vaccine will prevent or protect you from MPV, so it is very important you take additional measures to protect against catching or spreading MPV

MPV Vaccine Eligibility

Current supply of the MPV vaccine is limited. While MPV can affect anyone, vaccination is limited to those that are at the highest risk for MPV infection. Guidance and eligibility are subject to change based on vaccine supply and changes in the risks of infection. Contact your local health department if you have recently been exposed to MPV or are at high risk for exposure. Vaccine recommendations can be found here.


Residents that believe they may have been exposed to MPV, and any resident who thinks they may be at risk for MPV, can now receive JYNNEOS, the MPV vaccine. If you believe you have been exposed or are at risk and would like to schedule an MPV vaccine, please call: 888-217-3904.


Additional Resources
MDHHS – MPV (Monkeypox)
CDC – Monkeypox