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The most effective way to protect yourself from mpox is to get vaccinated.
A smallpox (Modified Vaccinia Ankara (MVA)) vaccination is being offered to people who are most at risk. To offer as wide-scale community protection as possible only one dose of the vaccine is currently being offered to those eligible. It is expected that second doses will be offered when possible.
The vaccination does not guarantee protection against mpox, but it is effective at reducing the likelihood of symptomatic infection and severe illness.
It is important to remain vigilant to mpox symptoms even when vaccinated.
More information on the vaccine can be found in the UK Health Security Agency’s (UKHSA) mpox Vaccination Strategy: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/monkeypox-outbreak-vaccination-strategy