What this means for Massachusetts

What this means for Massachusetts

With more than 7,100 cases of monkeypox in at least 48 states, the Biden administration has declared the virus a public health emergency. But what might this declaration mean for Massachusetts? On Thursday, Massachusetts reported 42 new cases — for a total of 157. “We really expect the testing cases to continue to increase because we had more access to testing people, access to more testing before they fell again,” said Centers for Director of disease control and prevention Dr. Rochelle Walensky. In Massachusetts, 11 locations provide the vaccine, but they are by appointment only. “If we can give this vaccine to the high-risk population, I think we can probably gain some ground in this battle, because we’re not.” We’re falling behind,” said Dr. Mireya Wesoloski of UMass Memorial Health. One vaccine site told WCVB they have vaccination appointments booked through September. The move frees up additional resources for vaccines, treatments and follow-up. New York — the epicenter of the virus — has opened 23,000 more vaccine appointments, but they’re only for the first of two shots needed for full protection.” With cases doubling roughly every week, it’s imperative the government prepares a health care system to meet vaccine and testing requirements so Americans stay safe,” said New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Health officials said there are more than a million doses of the vaccine going to the states, but currently that’s not enough to cover everyone who is eligible. The CDC estimates that up to 1.7 million people are at high risk. “Everyone is asking how to make an appointment?” And I was able to arrange it right away when it came,” Jack Dillon said. The FDA said it is investigating whether it can extend the supply of a vaccine by removing five doses from one vial of vaccine without sacrificing safety or efficacy. Almost all cases are among men who have sex with men. But doctors stress that anyone can get the virus. Five children in the United States have been infected. Monkeypox is rarely fatal and symptoms usually go away on their own. “I’ve seen some patients recover from their illness within two weeks, but others, unfortunately, don’t recover until maybe three, four or even five weeks later,” said Dr. Darien Sutton.

With more than 7,100 cases of monkeypox in at least 48 states, the Biden administration has declared the virus a public health emergency.

But what might this declaration mean for Massachusetts? On Thursday, Massachusetts reported 42 new cases for a total of 157.

“We really expect the testing cases to continue to increase because we had more access to test people, access to more tests before they went down again,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

In Massachusetts, 11 locations provide the vaccine, but they are by appointment only.

“If we can give this vaccine to the high-risk population, I think we can probably gain some ground in this battle, because we’re not.” We’re falling behind,” said Dr. Mireia Wesoloski of UMass Memorial Health.

One vaccine site told WCVB they have vaccine appointments booked through September.

The move frees up additional resources for vaccines, treatments and follow-up. New York — the epicenter of the virus — has opened 23,000 more vaccine appointments, but those are only for the first of two shots needed for full protection.

“With cases doubling roughly every week, it is imperative that the government prepares the health care system to meet vaccine and testing requirements so Americans stay safe,” said New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Health officials said there are more than one million doses of vaccine going to the states, but right now that’s not enough to cover everyone who’s eligible. The CDC estimates that up to 1.7 million people are at high risk.

“Everyone is asking themselves the question, how do we arrange a date?” And I was able to catch her right when she came,” Jack Dillon said.

The FDA said it is investigating whether it can increase vaccine supplies by removing five doses from one vial of vaccine without sacrificing safety or efficacy.

Almost all cases are among men who have sex with men. But doctors stress that anyone can get the virus. Five children in the United States have been infected.

Monkeypox is rarely fatal and symptoms usually go away on their own.

“I’ve seen some patients recover from their illness within two weeks, but others, unfortunately, don’t recover until maybe three, four or even five weeks later,” said Dr. Darien Sutton.

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