Did you know?
Since May 2022, mpox disease outbreaks have occurred in many countries where it doesn’t usually happen. Cases have been identified in B.C. and other parts of Canada, but the risk to the general population in B.C. is very low.
- Before exposure to the mpox virus (the vaccine is given before getting exposed to the virus to help protect against mpox).
- After exposure to the mpox virus, before you have symptoms (the vaccine is given after being exposed to prevent illness or severe outcomes).
Who should get the vaccine?
Subcutaneous or intradermal injection
- Subcutaneous injection is familiar to people who have received other vaccines such as measles, mumps and rubella or chickenpox vaccines, or the first dose of Imvamune. It is an injection into the tissues underneath the skin but above the muscle, usually on the upper outer arm.
- Intradermal injection delivers vaccines into the layer of skin, usually on the forearm. It requires less of the vaccine (one-fifth dose) and generates a similar immune response. This technique is used for select medications, and for TB skin tests.
What are the benefits of the vaccine?
Where can I get the mpox vaccine?
To learn more about mpox vaccinations, eligibility criteria and to book an appointment, refer to your region:
Appointments are added regularly. If there are no available appointments, please check back.
No vaccine is 100% effective. If you have been vaccinated and develop symptoms, follow the steps above for if you become ill to protect yourself and others.
- Information on mpox is changing as we learn more. For up-to-date information, visit the BCCDC's mpox page.
- Read a factsheet on the Mpox Recommendations for Two-Spirit, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (2SGBTQ+) Communities.
- Read more about the First Nations Health Authority's Mpox Advisory for 2SGBTQ+ Communities Ahead of Pride Events.
- Read more about the mpox vaccine.
- Speak to your health care provider.
- Read a 3-page hangout developed to support conversations about mpox among First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people.
- Mpox is a disease caused by the mpox virus.
- It is usually a mild illness, and most people recover on their own after a few weeks.
- Most people experience symptoms that last 2 to 4 weeks and occur in two stages. Read more about mpox symptoms.
- Children, pregnant people and people with weak immune systems may have a more serious illness.
- It can take up to 21 days to develop mpox symptoms after exposure to the virus.
- Mpox can be spread by touching the mpox sores, fluid from them, or items such as bedding, clothes or towels that have the mpox virus on them.
- It can also be spread through close face-to-face contact when a person with mpox coughs or sneezes.
- A person with mpox can spread the virus to others while they have symptoms and until all of the scabs on their skin have fallen off and new skin has formed.