Health strengthens MPOX vaccination in line with WHO recommendation after the end of the emergency

The Ministry of Health encourages the promotion of Monkeypox vaccination to prevent the disease, especially for individuals who may be at higher risk of contracting it. Following the recent end of the health emergency declared by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Health follows the recommendations of the international body to remain vigilant and maintain efforts for the long-term management of the disease.
In Spain, vaccination is recommended before being exposed to the virus (pre-exposure prophylaxis) for those susceptible to infection due to unprotected sexual behaviors and practices or after having contact with the virus (post-exposure prophylaxis). It is also recommended for all close contacts who have not previously had the disease.

With the message “Monkeypox? Because the virus hasn’t gone away… Think about getting vaccinated,” the Ministry of Health invites individuals to protect themselves against the Monkeypox virus by visiting one of the vaccination centers located in all autonomous communities and cities.

The current pre-exposure vaccination strategy prioritizes individuals engaged in unprotected sexual practices, primarily but not exclusively gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM), especially those who have a high number of sexual partners, engage in group sex, and/or have recently presented with sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

WHO recommendations

The fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding the outbreak of Monkeypox in several countries, held on May 10, confirmed a significant reduction in incidence and no changes in the severity and clinical manifestation of the disease. Therefore, the WHO declared the end of the international health emergency caused by MPOX.
At the same time, the WHO recommended that countries remain vigilant in combating this virus, which has not disappeared. Among other measures, the member states of the WHO, including Spain, have committed to providing vaccines for preventive primovaccination (prior to exposure) and post-exposure vaccination for individuals and groups at high risk of infection.

More information on transmission, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and resources can be found at: Monkeypox. (Cat Salut)

VACCINATION CRITERIA for Monkeypox by Autonomous Communities

Vaccination Points in the Autonomous Communities

Frequently Asked Questions

(Data from Cesida)