Monkeypox vaccine clinic at TPAN is on pause.
Chicago Department of Public Health in collaboration with
Rush University Medical Center and the University of Illinois-Chicago
have decided for now to pause monkeypox vaccinations at TPAN.
Please check this page for updates.
The Chicago healthcare providers below have received doses of vaccine for people who meet eligibility criteria; however, inclusion on this list does not mean that the providers have currently available doses or appointments. As supply of vaccine increases, these providers may receive additional doses and additional providers will be added to the list.
At these locations, it is highly recommended that you make an appointment:
CDPH Lakeview Clinic
CDPH Austin Clinic
Howard Brown Health (Clark, Sheridan, 63rd, 55th)
RMR Core Center
UIC MPX (Monkeypox) Outreach Sign-Up Form
UI Health Eye and Ear Infirmary
Alivio Medical Center
As of 8/16/2022, eligibility criteria for monkeypox vaccination will include people living in Chicago and Illinois including students enrolled in Chicago’s universities and colleges who meet one of the following criteria and have not previously been infected with monkeypox:
Anyone who has had close contacts (e.g., household members with close physical contact or intimate partners) with someone diagnosed with MPV regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation.
Sexually active bisexual, gay and other men who have sex with men, and transgender persons.
If you meet eligibility criteria, especially consider getting vaccinated if you met recent partners through online applications or social media platforms (such as Grindr, Tinder or Scruff), or at clubs, raves, sex parties, saunas, or exchange good or services for sex.
We’re still learning about how well the vaccine can protect you. Even after getting vaccinated, you should still take precautions, especially if you are at high risk for severe illness from monkeypox.
Information and knowledge continue to develop. Return to this page for the latest from TPAN.
Do you want to access a record of your monkeypox vaccination?
Your vaccination will be recorded in an Illinois vaccination registry called I-CARE that is accessible to hospitals and healthcare providers. If you want access to a record of your vaccination, follow these steps:
1. Go to idphportal.illinois.gov/s/
2. Create an account
3. View your vaccination records, which are stored in the I-CARE system.
What is monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus. It can make you sick including a rash or sores (pox), often with an earlier flu-like illness. Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to skin contact.
Monkeypox can spread through:
• Direct contact with monkeypox rash, sores or scabs
• Contact with objects, clothing, bedding, towels, or surfaces used by someone with monkeypox
• Respiratory droplets or oral fluids from a person with monkeypox
• Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until all sores have healed, which can take several weeks
• Early flu-like symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion
• Rash appears within 1 to 3 days (sometimes longer) after fever, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body
• Illness usually lasts 2–4 weeks
The rash usually begins within one to three days after the appearance of fever, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body. Lesions can be flat or slightly raised, filled with clear or yellowish fluid, and can then crust, dry up and fall off. The number of lesions on one person can range from a few to several thousand. The rash tends to be concentrated on the face, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. They can also be found on the mouth, genitals, and eyes.
Symptoms typically last 2–4 weeks and go away on their own without treatment. If you think you have symptoms that could be monkeypox, seek advice from your health care provider. Let them know if you have had close contact with someone who has suspected or confirmed monkeypox.
Avoid close contact (touching sores, kissing, sex) with anyone who has a rash or symptoms of monkeypox.
If you or a recent partner (from the last 21 days) have been exposed or have symptoms, you should see a healthcare provider (remind them monkeypox is circulating), cover rash/sores, wear a mask, and avoid close contact with others. If you do not feel well or have an unusual rash or sores, take a break from sex and going out to bars, gyms, clubs, and other events.
The risk of monkeypox is not limited to people who are sexually active or self-identify as gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men. Anyone who has close physical contact with someone who is infectious is at risk. Anyone who has symptoms that could be monkeypox should seek advice from a healthcare provider immediately. This includes people who have connections to communities where cases have been reported.
If you or any recent partners have unusual sores or a rash, go see a healthcare provider. Remind your provider that monkeypox is circulating. If you need help finding a medical provider because you are worried about syphilis, herpes, or monkeypox, call the HIV/STI Resource Hub at 844-482-4040.
The vaccine is not currently recommended for the general public, including (cis or trans) men who have sex with men without the additional criteria. This approach aims to deploy a limited supply of vaccines to those most likely to be exposed in order to mitigate spread while the vaccine becomes more available in the coming weeks and months.
If you think you might qualify to receive vaccine, first contact your healthcare provider. Second, please be patient. There is not currently enough vaccine for everyone to receive a dose, but more is expected to become available.
The latest news: Monkeypox cases have plateaued in the Chicago area in recent weeks. At Cook County Health, the region’s largest safety-net health care provider, there have been no new monkeypox cases since last Friday, system officials said afternoon.
More from WBEZ Radio here.
Is monkeypox a sexually transmitted infection?
Monkeypox can spread from one person to another through close physical contact, including sexual contact. It is currently not known whether monkeypox can be spread through sexual transmission routes (e.g., through semen or vaginal fluids), but direct skin-to-skin contact with lesions during sexual activities can spread the virus.
Monkeypox rashes are sometimes found on genitals and in the mouth, which is likely to contribute to transmission during sexual contact. Mouth-to-skin contact could also cause transmission where skin or mouth lesions are present.
Monkeypox rashes can resemble some sexually transmitted diseases, including herpes and syphilis.
Ask your sex partners about symptoms. See if they have had any unusual rashes and sores in the last 3 weeks.
The risk of acquiring monkeypox is not limited to people who are sexually active or gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men. Anyone who has close physical contact with someone who is infectious is at risk. Anyone who has symptoms that could be monkeypox should seek advice from a health worker immediately.
If I have monkeypox, should I isolate?
Yes, if you have been told by a healthcare provider that you have a monkeypox infection or suspect you may have monkeypox, you should isolate. Persons who do not require hospitalization can isolate at home. Below are a couple of protective measures you can take at home:
• Do not leave your home except as required for follow-up care.
• Limit contact with household members who are not ill. If you have extensive sores that can’t be covered or if you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, isolate in a room separate from other family members and pets when possible.
• If you do need to be in contact with others in the home, both you and your other household members should wear a well-fitting surgical mask.
• Restrict visitors to those who are essential to being in the home, especially if they have not been previously exposed.
• Avoid contact with animals, including pets, when possible.
• Avoid use of contact lenses to prevent inadvertent infection of the eye.
• Avoid shaving areas of the body with lesions as this can lead to spread of the virus.
• Household members who are not ill should limit contact with you until your lesions have resolved, the scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed; non-household members should not visit.
• After ending isolation when all scabs have fallen off, use safe sex, barrier practices (i.e., wearing condoms) for at least 8 weeks.
When can I end my isolation?
If you are isolating at home, your isolation can end when all lesions have resolved, all scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed. This process can typically take 2–4 weeks. Due to this, the timing of isolation will vary from person to person. Individuals with monkeypox should contact their healthcare provider to determine if it is appropriate to end isolation. If you do not have a provider or health insurance, visit a public health clinic near you.
Once an individual with monkeypox ends isolation, they should avoid close contact with immunocompromised persons until all scabs have fallen off. Immunocompromised persons include persons with immunologic disorders (such as HIV or congenital immune deficiency syndrome), chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, cancer, emphysema, or cardiac failure), or persons on immunosuppressive therapy (e.g., radiation, cytotoxic chemotherapy, anti-rejection medication, or steroids).
IN THE NEWS
Read more about Chicago’s efforts to vaccinate against monkeypox: wbez.org/stories/chicago-monkeypox-cases-rise-with-vaccines-limited