Student Health Services

Information About Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a viral infection that does not usually cause serious illness. Health officials in the U.S. and around the world are monitoring the virus due to an increase in cases. We continue to actively monitor developments related to monkeypox and are working closely with public health officials and our partners at Northwell Health.

If you have questions about monkeypox or think you may have monkeypox, contact Student Health Services at 516-463-6745, or visit hofstra.edu/medicat to schedule an appointment to get tested. Student Health Services can also help you determine if you are eligible for the monkeypox vaccine and refer you to the appropriate resources to obtain one.

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Monkeypox can be transmitted in a number of ways, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This includes through direct contact with the skin lesions or bodily fluids of an infected individual or animal. It can be spread through direct, intimate physical contact with those infected by the virus, and by touching items that previously came in contact with the infectious rash or bodily fluids of an infected individual. It is also possible to become infected through a scratch or bite from an infected animal.

Taking Action

We strongly encourage vaccination for anyone with a high risk of monkeypox infection. Possible risk scenarios could include someone who was recently exposed to a suspected or confirmed monkeypox case in the past 14 days, or someone who has had multiple sexual partners or close intimate contact with others in the past 14 days in a community with known monkeypox infections. Please consult Student Health Services or your healthcare provider if you are unsure about your personal risk factors.

Our partners at Northwell Health remain in close contact with public health officials and are reviewing the latest clinical data to ensure our safety protocols reflect the latest prevention guidance.

Resources and support

In addition to the CDC, Nassau County and NYS Department of Health, New York State residents can also text “MONKEYPOX” to 81336 or “MONKEYPOXESP” for texts in Spanish. Providing a zip code will activate location-based messages for vaccines and care.

We will continue to monitor developments around monkeypox and share information as appropriate. Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our community and each other safe and well.