Monkeypox Texas: Harris County will get more vaccine doses on Thursday after a child under the age of 2 was suspected to test positive for the virus

HARRIS COUNTY, TX (KTRK) — Harris County is expecting a new shipment of monkeypox vaccines Thursday, and the increased firing comes at a good time as Chambers County announced its first positive case on Wednesday. We are also still awaiting test results from the presumptive positive child under 2 in Harris County.

SEE RELATED STORY: Child under 2 in Harris County presumed positive for monkeypox

Officials recently expanded eligibility to include people living with HIV and anyone diagnosed with chlamydia. Previously, vaccines were available to anyone deemed at risk or who might have been exposed to someone with the virus.

The vaccine requires two doses and was recently FDA approved for intradermal injections, allowing one vial to deliver five doses and still be just as effective.

The vaccines are stored at normal freezing temperatures and have a shelf life of up to eight weeks after being transferred from a freezer to a refrigerator.

The Houston Department of Health says the threat of monkeypox in the city remains low. The virus is rare and does not spread easily between people without close, personal skin contact.

The vaccine is only available by appointment. You can visit the Houston Health Department’s website or call 832-393-4220 to schedule an appointment.

“The way it spreads is through close skin-to-skin contact. It may spread in other ways, but we’re not seeing much of that yet. Airways, Foamites such as shirts, blankets, towels. Don’t see much of it, but there are some cases,” said Dr. Houston Health Department’s David Persse.

The vaccine is free and provided by the federal government.

SEE ALSO: Monkeypox: Everything You Need to Know About Symptoms, Spread, Treatment, and Vaccinations

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