Mpox is a viral disease that spreads through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact. Since early May 2022, cases of mpox have been reported in many countries where the virus does not normally spread. Cases have been identified in B.C. – including in Island Health – and other parts of Canada. 

Please visit the BC Centre for Disease Control’s Mpox page for more information, including:

  • How mpox spreads 
  • Symptoms
  • What to do if you have been exposed or become ill
  • Vaccination, including eligibility and second doses
  • Travel and mpox awareness
  • Recommendations for Two-Spirit, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities (2SGBTQ+). 

Book a vaccination appointment 

  • Those who meet eligibility criteria for the mpox vaccine but haven’t yet received their first dose are encouraged to get vaccinated (MSP is not required). Please visit the BC Centre for Disease Control for information on eligibility criteria.
  • People who received a first dose at least 28 days ago can book an appointment for a second dose. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends a complete vaccine series of two doses for stronger and longer lasting protection against mpox infection. Find more information on second doses.
  • You don't need to start the series over if it's been longer than 28 days since your first dose.
  • People who have had an mpox infection do not require a vaccine. Prior infection from mpox is expected to provide immunity against future infections.
  • To book an appointment, contact your local health unit. Please note: health units do not accept drop-ins.

Individuals experiencing symptoms of mpox should not attend a clinic to receive the mpox vaccine, and should instead seek medical attention.

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First monkeypox case confirmed in Island Health, risk to the general public is very low

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