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Posted on: September 5, 2022

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Monkeypox, Polio, Flu Season & more information from the South Orange Health Department

  • Health Insurance Coverage is important to public health to ensure everyone has access to healthcare.  Get Covered New Jersey is the state's official health insurance marketplace where individuals and families can easily shop for and buy coverage. It is the only place you can apply for financial help to lower the cost of your monthly insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs. You can learn if you might qualify for free or low-cost health insurance through NJ FamilyCare, New Jersey’s publicly funded health insurance program.   For more information and to learn how to sign up:  https://www.nj.gov/getcoverednj. Registration is open November 1, 2022-January 31, 2023. 
  • Monkeypox: There has been a lot in the news regarding Monkeypox. Monkeypox (hMPXV) is a disease caused by infection with the monkeypox (hMPXV) virus. According to the New Jersey Department of Health (NJ DOH), Monkeypox (hMPXV) virus is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox but is not the same as smallpox. Monkeypox has been endemic in other countries around the world, but is new to the U.S. At this time, the risk of monkeypox (hMPXV) in the United States is thought to be low for the general public. It does not spread easily between people, such as passing someone in a store, sitting near them in a room, or talking outdoors several feet apart. In the current outbreak, data suggest that some groups may be at increased risk and should use increased caution. This includes anyone who has multiple sexual partners (due to increased skin to skin contact which is the main way it spreads from person to person).  The monkeypox vaccine is strongly recommended for those who have been in close contact with someone who has monkeypox.For more information on where to get tested, how to prevent the spread in the community, who is most at risk and who is eligible for the JYNNEOS vaccine, refer to https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/monkeypox.shtml
  • Polio: What everyone should know.   In July 2022, an un-vaccinated case of polio was identified in Rockland County, NY. There have been findings of poliovirus in the New York State wastewater system. Vaccination is an important public health measure to prevent the spread of disease and protect oneself if exposed.  While there is a polio vaccination schedule for children, everyone should be up to date on their polio vaccine, especially:
    • anyone who has not completed their polio vaccination series, 
    • anyone who is unvaccinated, 
    • anyone who is uncertain of their vaccination status,
    • may be travelling to an area where there is an increased risk of polio or 
    • anyone who is fully vaccinated but due to their occupation (labwork or healthcare) are at increased risk of exposure, can ask their doctor about a one time polio booster. Please consult with your healthcare provider for more information.   https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/polio/public/index.html
  • Flu season is underway! You may find the flu vaccine at your local pharmacy or healthcare provider. Here is information on Free Flu Vaccination Vouchers for Uninsured Adults: United Way, NJ 211, and SingleCare (formerly FamilyWize) partnered with Walgreens to offer free flu vaccines across New Jersey. Uninsured Individuals are eligible for a voucher. Those interested can dial 2-1-1, text their zip code to 898-211, or chat via our website to request a vaccine voucher; qualified individuals will receive an email with the voucher within two business days. https://www.nj211.org/get-flu-ready
  • COVID vaccination and testing (see attached)  Please note that the County COVID clinics may be closing as of October 30th
  • Mental Health: 988- national Suicide Prevention Hotline Screen Shot 2022-09-05 at 1.08.55 PM

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