The UKHSA, the organisation in England responsible for public health and infectious diseases, has been monitoring the number of cases and the spread of monkeypox since it was first detected in the UK.
It has advised that pre-exposure vaccination against monkeypox should now be offered to those at greatest risk of infection to help control the recent outbreak of the virus.
The NHS is following UKHSA guidance on prioritising those at greatest risk of exposure and local services are contacting people who are a priority for vaccination. If you are eligible for a monkeypox vaccine you will be contacted directly. You do not need to contact the NHS.
If you think you may have come into contact with someone who has monkeypox or who is feeling unwell or has symptoms that could be consistent with monkeypox infection, limit contact with others and contact your local sexual health clinic or telephone NHS111. Please do not visit A&E or your GP.
Find out more at Monkeypox – NHS (www.nhs.uk).