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Health departments urge parents to beat the back to school rush

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The Florida Department of Health encourages parents to have their children immunized as the new school year approaches.

The West Central Florida County Health Departments are responding to and monitoring the monkeypox outbreak.

There are cases of monkeypox in at least 43 states and Washington DC. To date, there have been no monkeypox-related deaths outside of endemic countries.

The risk of monkeypox to the general population remains low.

In the event of a monkeypox case, the West Central Florida County Health Departments will conduct epidemiological investigations to notify possible exposures and offer potential post-exposure prophylaxis.

The West Central Florida County Health Departments will offer the monkeypox vaccine to high-risk groups as doses become available from the federal government.

More information on monkeypox.

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