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Who Is And Isn't Protected Against Monkeypox?


With more cases of Monkeypox being confirmed in the U.S., you may be wondering: am I protected?

Some good news from The New York Times: you're probably fine if you have had a smallpox vaccination.

According to an article in the publication, Monkeypox cannot affect children and adults with healthy immune systems.

There are high-risk groups, however: infants under the age of six months and older adults.

“The bottom line is that even those that were vaccinated many decades before maintain a very, very high level of antibodies and the ability to neutralize the virus,” Dr. Luigi Ferrucci, scientific director of the National Institute on Aging, said to New York Times.“Even if they were vaccinated 50 years ago, that protection should still be there.”

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