The 2022 monkeypox virus (MPV) has caused concern across the world with cases hitting over 55,000 and US cases over 29,000 as of January 2023. The monkeypox virus (MPV) has been known about for quite some time but has only recently made headlines in the United States due to a sudden rise in domestic cases. It is important to note that anyone is susceptible to contracting monkeypox and a vaccine for it has been available for decades.
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For City of Chicago MPV Resources and Download
The City of Chicago maintains a MonkeyPox Virus webpage that can be used to find vaccination providers near your location.
Be aware of scams
If anyone asks you to pay for access to an MPV vaccine, you can bet it’s a scam. Don’t share your personal or financial information if someone calls, texts, or emails you promising access to a vaccine for an extra fee. - Center for Disease and Control (CDC)
Testing for Monkeypox
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has compiled a list of testing sites throughout the state.
The City of Chicago has compiled resources for testing options in the city including community health centers, pharmacies, community-based testing, and more.
If you have insurance and believe you need non-emergency medical services, you can contact your insurance carrier to help locate care or to use a telemedicine service like Teledoc. If you have misplaced your insurance card, your employer’s benefits manager (usually human resources department) can provide you with the contact information.
Uninsured and low / no-income residents who need non-emergency medical services should locate their nearest community health center (CHC) at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov. CHCs receive funding from the federal government that allows them to charge each patient on a sliding scale fee based on the patient’s income and ability to pay.
For a full list of community-based testing sites in the State of Illinois, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website here.