DHS Launches Monkeypox Data Page
Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) launched a new webpage containing state data on monkeypox cases and vaccine administration. The release is part of ongoing efforts to increase awareness and transparency about how the monkeypox outbreak is affecting Wisconsinites.
The new webpage contains an in-depth summary report through September 26, 2022, that highlights case demographics, hospitalizations, and vaccine allocation and administration efforts. The page also includes monkeypox case counts by geographic location. DHS plans to update the summary report monthly. Case counts by geographic location will be updated weekly on Wednesdays.
Early data show monkeypox is having a disproportionate impact on Wisconsin communities of color. Slowing the spread of monkeypox among communities at the highest risk of infection remains a top priority and requires multiple public health strategies. DHS is working with monkeypox vaccinators, local and tribal health departments, and other partners to address these disparities:
- Working with trusted health care providers and community-based organizations to help identify and remove barriers to getting vaccinated against monkeypox.
- Prioritizing vaccine for organizations that serve those at the highest risk for monkeypox.
- Increasing the network of monkeypox vaccinators throughout the state.
- Developing toolkits and other communication materials to help partners share information about monkeypox.
DHS encourages all partners to continue to work with trusted providers and community-based organizations serving communities of color to help identify and remove barriers to seeking care and getting vaccinated.
DHS strongly encourages those who are eligible to get vaccinated to do so. The monkeypox vaccine is safe and effective at preventing illness and is available at select locations throughout Wisconsin. If you are unable to make an appointment at a location offering the monkeypox vaccine, contact your local or tribal health department for assistance.
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