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The battle against Monkeypox (MPX) in Fresno County is on. As of August 31, 2022 there were 20 cases, up from 17 a week earlier, and local health leaders are taking aggressive action to stop the spread. Fresno EOC Health Services and the Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) are teaming up for this effort. Because the vaccine is available in limited supply, it is only being administered to those at high-risk of contracting the disease.

The County initially asked Fresno EOC to administer the vaccine at one of its clinics and Julio Romero, Assistant Director of Fresno EOC Health Services says there was a big response. “We started getting a lot of phone calls when people heard the vaccine was becoming available, primarily those who are high-risk. And the FCDPH referred patients here, as well. So, there was a lot of interest. And as a result, they asked us to expand our efforts to vaccinate people against MPX because they saw how quickly we were able to grow the existing COVID-19 testing.”

Dr. Rais Vohra, Interim Public Health Officer at the Fresno County Department of Public Health, says he is optimistic this won’t turn into a global pandemic. “We have antivirals, much, much faster than we did with COVID. All the people that we’re seeing are not hospitalized, unlike COVID. So, they’re recovering safely at home. And we’re in touch with them and we’re able to offer them support, whether that’s pain medication, fever medication, or a specific antiviral called TPOXX. So, we’ve made great, great strides in the very short time that we’ve been dealing with this outbreak in ways that we just weren’t able to with COVID.”

The Fresno EOC Community Health Center, located on Tulare and R Street, began administering the MPX vaccine on August 18. They administered about 60 doses that day and they have since expanded their efforts for the residents of Fresno County with three more sites.

MPX vaccine clinics are now open with limited hours at the Fresno EOC LGBTQ+ Resource Center located on the Fulton Mall, the Local Conservation Corps in West Fresno, and the Fresno EOC Calaveras Clinic in downtown Fresno. The MPX vaccine is free, however, there may be associated vaccine administration fees at certain locations. A Registered Nurse will administer the MPX vaccine at all Fresno EOC vaccine clinics. Walk-ins are welcome.

       
There are a total of ten MPX vaccine clinics in Fresno County. Visit the Fresno County Department of Public Health website to learn more about all ten locations and vaccine eligibility. For local news coverage of the MPX vaccine clinics, visit  FOX26 News and ABC30

About Fresno EOC Health ServicesFresno EOC Health Services offers a wide variety of programs.  They include:

  • Community Health Center Clinic – a primary care and comprehensive family planning clinic on R Street in downtown Fresno
  • Oral Health Education Program – provides individuals with the opportunity to learn health information, develop skills needed to make better health decisions, and lead healthy lifestyles. The program educates children and families about proper dental hygiene, nutrition, and the importance of seeing a dental provider regularly
  • Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP) – provides comprehensive case management services to pregnant and parenting teens and their children
  • California Personal Responsibility Education Program (CA PREP) – provides free classes to inform and prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce high rates of sexually transmitted infections, and improve individuals’ sexual health and well being
  • Tobacco Education Program – offers presentations and resources to the community about the risk of tobacco-related diseases as well as smoke-free policies
  • School-Based Sealant Program– provides preventive oral health services, such as oral health education, dental sealants, and fluoride varnishes for elementary school-age children
  • Home Visitation Services (HVS) – serves Medi-Cal-eligible families in Fresno County with children aged 0 to 5. We offer comprehensive family services, developmental assessments for children, and community-based referrals to resources that address the child’s and family’s overall needs. Our goal is to improve children’s development as well as the family’s overall well-being.

 

Call (559) 715-8481 for additional information.

For media inquiries, please contact Claudia.solis@fresnoeoc.org.

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