Mpox (aka monkeypox): What to Know
Mpox is a contagious rash illness caused by the mpox (also known as monkeypox) virus. The virus is in the same family of viruses as the virus that causes smallpox. Mpox causes milder illness than smallpox, but some symptoms can be severe. The mpox virus can spread from animals to people and from person to person.
The Alexandria Health Department (AHD) will be updating webpages with the term "mpox" to reduce stigma and other issues associated with prior word choice.
Vaccine Sign Up
People who are at risk can book an appointment for JYNNEOS, a two-dose, FDA-approved vaccine that can prevent you from developing mpox or could make your symptoms less severe if you do get sick. Visit the CDC mpox vaccine website to see who should get the vaccine.
Or, call 703.746.4988 to book an appointment through Alexandria Health Department.
Minors 17 years old and under must have a parent, guardian, or adult aged 18 or older designated by the parent or guardian present on-site to receive the vaccine.
Alexandria Health Department can give you a vaccine no matter what state you live in. Virginians who work, go to school, or receive DC Health-provided services in the District of Columbia may also receive a vaccine through DC Health (if eligible) by filling out this form.
Get Tested & Treated for Mpox in Alexandria
The Alexandria Health Department provides testing and treatment for people who qualify based on their risk factors and health coverage and need access to the medication.
Call 703.748.4988 to find out if you're eligible or to be directed to treatment elsewhere. Translation services are available. All are welcome.
There are a variety of resources at the local, state (VDH) and national (CDC) levels to help address community concerns. If you want to speak to someone directly, call 703.746.4988 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For online inquiries, email email@example.com and someone will reach out to you.