Hamilton’s public health is organizing the second vaccination clinic against monkey pox on Thursday

A day after confirming the city’s first case of monkeypox, Hamilton’s public health department has announced it will host a second pop-up immunization clinic to fight the virus.

The clinic, aimed at members of the at-risk community, will take place on July 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the East End Public Health Clinic, 247 Centennial Pkwy. N., Unit 8.

Appointments are mandatory.

Public Health said in a release Monday that the infected resident likely picked up the virus during a recent visit to Toronto. They are isolating and their closest contacts have been notified.

According to public health, the risk to the population remains low.

Thursday’s vaccination clinic is for 18-plus, men who identify with the LGBTQ community who have sex with other men and for whom at least one of the following applies:

  • Identify as a contact of a person who recently tested positive for monkeypox;

  • Have had or plan to have two or more sexual partners in the past three weeks (21 days);
  • Have been diagnosed with chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis in the past two months;
  • Visited bathhouses, sex clubs and other locations for sexual contact (including employees and volunteers) in the past 21 days; or
  • Have had anonymous or casual sex in the past three weeks (21 days); for example, after using an online dating app, sex work, or intending to participate in it.

Monkeypox spreads through contact with bodily fluids, through respiratory droplets after prolonged face-to-face contact, or through bites and scratches from infected animals. It can take six to 13 days for symptoms to appear after exposure to the virus.

Monkeypox can cause fever, headache, swollen lymph nodes, skin rash, and exhaustion. Most people recover on their own without treatment.

As of Tuesday, there have been 101 lab-confirmed cases of monkeypox in Ontario.

At the first vaccination clinic, Hamilton’s public health immunized more than 60 community members, according to a release.

To make an appointment at the clinic, call the Public Health Hotline at 905-974-9848, Option 7.

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