Milwaukee Health Department Announces Free Drive-Thru Mpox Vaccination Clinic
The Milwaukee Health Department announced a free drive-thru mpox vaccination clinic on Saturday, Feb. 10, following the confirmation of the first identified case of mpox in Milwaukee since June 2023. The patient had tested positive for the disease on Friday, Feb. 2. Symptoms of mpox include flu-like symptoms and a painful rash or sore. The disease can be contracted through close, personal contact with symptomatic people and can be spread by anyone.
Health officials emphasized that individuals who have been exposed to the disease should seek medical attention immediately. They advised patients to contact their local healthcare provider or call their local health department if they suspect they have been exposed to mpox. Recovery time for the disease is typically two to four weeks.
The clinic was held at the Milwaukee County Zoo and provided free vaccinations to anyone who met eligibility criteria. Eligible individuals must be over 18 years old and have not previously received an mpox vaccine or had exposure to someone with symptoms of mpox within the past 14 days.
The Milwaukee Health Department stressed the importance of getting vaccinated against mpox, which can lead to severe complications if left untreated. They encouraged all eligible individuals to take advantage of the free clinic and get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and their communities from the spread of the disease.