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MONKEYPOX VACCINE
Monkeypox vaccinations are currently being offered at the Marietta Public Health Center (1650 County Services Parkway) and at the Douglas Public Health Center (6770 Selman Drive), by appointment only. Click here to make an appointment.

Note: Individuals who have an appointment will receive an appointment confirmation by email. (Be sure to check your spam folder.) If you do not receive an appointment confirmation, you do not have an appointment.

MONKEYPOX TESTING
Testing is available by appointment only at the Marietta, Douglas, Acworth-Kennesaw and Smyrna Public Health Center locations. Call 770-514-2300 to schedule an appointment. Alternatively, Wellstar Urgent Care Centers and other medical provider offices can also perform monkeypox testing.

MONKEYPOX VACCINE BASICS
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to learn the basics about monkeypox vaccination, including who should get vaccinated.

MONKEYPOX: IF YOU ARE SICK
If You Are Sick

WHAT IS MONKEYPOX?
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.

Monkeypox was discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a pox-like disease occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research. Despite being named “monkeypox,” the source of the disease remains unknown. However, African rodents and non-human primates (like monkeys) might harbor the virus and infect people.

The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970. Prior to the 2022 outbreak, monkeypox had been reported in people in several central and western African countries. Previously, almost all monkeypox cases in people outside of Africa were linked to international travel to countries where the disease commonly occurs or through imported animals. These cases occurred on multiple continents.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
In humans, the symptoms of monkeypox are similar to but milder than the symptoms of smallpox. Monkeypox begins with fever, headache, muscle aches, and exhaustion. The main difference between symptoms of smallpox and monkeypox is that monkeypox causes lymph nodes to swell (lymphadenopathy) while smallpox does not. The incubation period (time from infection to symptoms) for monkeypox is usually 7−14 days but can range from 5−21 days.

The illness begins with:

  • Fever
  • Headach