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IUPUI to host monkeypox vaccine clinics

IUPUI Campus Health, in partnership with the Marion County Public Health Department, will offer the monkeypox vaccine between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 15 and Oct. 20 at the IUPUI Campus Center Room 031.

The clinics are open to individuals who are considered at high risk of contracting the virus. Affiliation with the university is not required. Eligible groups include:

  • Gay, bisexual, and other men or trans people who have sex with men, who have had at least one sexual partner in the past 14 days.
  • Sex workers of any sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Anyone determined to be a close contact of someone who tested positive for monkeypox within the past 14 days.

People seeking the vaccine will be asked to attest that they are high risk but will not be questioned about their risk factors. The clinic will be walk-in only, no appointments. Attendees will register upon arrival at the clinic.

Since May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been tracking a monkeypox outbreak in the United States. More than 100 cases have been confirmed in Indiana since then, with thousands more across the United States.

Indiana University is closely following the outbreak and is developing internal public health guidance, coordinating with on-campus student health centers in regard to clinical presentation and testing, and raising general awareness about monkeypox.

Protect IU has also launched a page that contains information and frequently asked questions. That site will be updated if the outbreak should impact the university and its multiple campuses across the state.

Tia Broz is a communications consultant for IU Studios.

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