BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — CareSouth will begin administering the monkeypox vaccination Monday through Friday at the Florida Street clinic.

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the infectious monkeypox virus. The virus is a apart of the same family of viruses as variola, the virus that causes smallpox. Symptoms of the two are similar, with monkeypox being slightly more aggressive.

The vaccine is available to the following:

  • Gay/bisexual men or transgender people who are sexually active with more than one partner
  • Anyone at high risk of monkeypox. This includes people who:
    • are HIV positive or receive medicines to prevent HIV (PrEP)
    • are experiencing homelessness
    • use IV drugs
    • give or receive money in exchange for sex
    • have significant, skin-to-skin contact with others in a social or sexual venue
    • work at establishments where sexual or intimate activity occurs

Visible signs of potential monkeypox exposure are visible rashes. If someone feels they have been exposed, they can get tested and receive the vaccine.

The Florida Street clinic is located at 3140 Florida Street.

To schedule an appointment, call (225) 650-2000. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ups will be accepted based on availability.