Monkeypox cases increase as vaccination clinics take appointments

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Monkeypox virus vaccine is administered at St.John's Well Child & Family Center on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. Photo credit Getty Images

There are more than 850 cases of Monkeypox in Georgia, according to state public health officials. It's among the most in the United States.

The DeKalb Board of Health in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Public Health is scheduling appointments for the Monkeypox vaccine.

Eric Nickens, DeKalb Board of Health's Communications and Media Relations Manager, says Appointments are required due to limited vaccine availability and can be obtained by visiting the Board of Health website . Vaccines can also be found at the state health department website.

According to the Atlanta-based CDC 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.