Monkey pox vaccine event scheduled for Thursday at BPCC

BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — Bossier Parish Community College is hosting a monkey pox vaccine clinic this week.

They were 273 monkeypox infections have been reported in Louisiana as of Oct. 14, according to the Louisiana Department of Health, with eight in the northwest region of the state.

The Strike Team from LSUHS will be administering vaccines at BPCC on Thursday from 10am to 2pm.

As of August 31, 2022, expanded vaccination criteria includes people in Louisiana who meet one of the following:

  • Gay/bisexual men or transgender people who are sexually active with more than one partner
  • Anyone at high risk of exposure to monkeypox. This includes but is not limited to people who:
    • Are you HIV-positive or taking medication to prevent HIV infection (PrEP)
    • They experience homelessness
    • Use IV medications
    • Give or receive money or other goods in exchange for sex
    • Have significant skin-to-skin contact with others in a social or sexual setting
    • Work in establishments where sexual or intimate activity takes place (e.g. baths, saunas, sex clubs, hotels)
  • Clinicians or laboratory personnel who are at high risk of occupational exposure
  • Anyone who has been determined by a healthcare professional or public health official to be at high risk

Individuals may visit BPCC at 6220 E. Texas St. to receive their vaccine. The event will also offer vaccines against COVID-19.

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