Monkeypox

If you are eligible for vaccination

Call YKHC at 907-543-6949 to schedule monkeypox vaccination

If you think you have been exposed

Call YKHC at 907-543-6420 for monkeypox testing and confidential contact tracing

Monkeypox vaccination

A vaccine is available to prevent monkeypox.

It is recommended for:

  • people who have had multiple or anonymous sexual partners within the past six months AND identify as gay, bisexual, or other men or transgender
  • people who have sex with men or transgender people
  • people at high risk of exposure, including men who have sex with men
  • people who have been exposed

If you identify with the eligibility listed above, call 907-543-6949 to schedule an appointment for a vaccine.

The monkeypox vaccine can be given:

  • before exposure to prevent infection
  • after exposure to reduce infection and serious illness

Source: https://health.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/id/Pages/Monkeypox.aspx 


Monkeypox is...

  • Monkeypox is an infectious disease that can cause flu-like symptoms and a rash. Having monkeypox may be uncomfortable, but it rarely causes death.
  • Symptoms usually start within 4 days of exposure to the virus. Illness lasts 2-4 weeks.
  • Treatments and a vaccine exist but have limited availability at this time. Prevention is the best approach for avoiding monkeypox.

Monkeypox spreads by...

  • Close physical contact (skin-to-skin, face-to-face, kissing and sex) with a person with symptoms. Sexual contact is the most common form of transmission at this time.  
  • Touching objects (towels, clothing, dishes) that a symptomatic person has used. 
  • Pregnancy (from mom to baby). 

The virus can spread from when symptoms start until the rash and scabs are fully healed. 

Symptoms may include...

  • Rash that may look like pimples or blisters, and may be painful or itchy. Often they are on the hands, face, feet, chest or genitals. 
  • Flu-like symptoms including fever, chills, headache, sore muscles.
  • Symptoms may be mild. 

Monkeypox prevention...

  • Avoid close physical contact with someone who has monkeypox or a new and unexplained rash that looks like monkeypox.
  • Limit sexual partners and avoid casual, anonymous sexual partners.
  • Talk with sexual partners about symptoms.
  • Do not touch objects that someone with monkeypox has used.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often.

Monkeypox self check...

  • Do you have a rash that looks like pimples or blisters on your hands, face, feet, chest or genitals?
  • Do you feel sick or have flu-like symptoms?
  • If you think you have monkeypox, avoid close contact with others and call YKHC at 907-543-6420

If you think you have monkeypox...

If you have a new or unexplained rash or flu-like symptoms:

  • Avoid close physical and direct contact with others, including animals.
  • Cover the rash, wear a mask, and avoid public gatherings.
  • Call YKHC at 907-543-6420 to ask about testing, confidential contact tracing, and vaccination. 

Until all symptoms are gone: 

  • Avoid sexual, intimate, and direct contact with others.
  • Do not share objects (towels, clothing, dishes) with others.
  • Clean and disinfect used objects.
  • Wash or sanitize hands often.