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Monkeypox: Colleges & Universities Take Precautions For Fall Semester
Universities across the country are preparing for students to return to dorms and classrooms, and this year , as schools are faced with protecting student populations from spreading monkeypox, a number of institutions are taking various approaches.A student health clinic at the University of Tennessee Southern in Pulaski is educating and encouraging those who are vaccinated to seek medical attention.There is now a monkeypox resource page on the student health center’s website at the University of Memphis.According to Oak Ridger, Austin Peay State University is monitoring cases in the region and is ready to conduct emergency operations. In addition, in the health centers at Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, MPV tests are available if necessary.The University of Maryland, George Washington University, American University, and University of District of Columbia have all reported a few cases leading up to the start of a new school year, reports ABC affiliate WUSA.WUSA 9 cited information from GW, AU, Howard University, and the University of Maryland on their recommendations for students to prevent the spread.It is recommended that students who catch the virus wear masks when leaving their rooms, cover any lesions with clothing, and contact the university health center for further information.There are varying policies among some D.C.
White House strategy for monkeypox vaccines causing ‘chaos out in the field’
Some public health experts are criticizing the federal vaccination strategy for forcing state and local health departments to scale back their vaccine outreach when they should be ramping it up. | Mary Altaffer/AP Photo By Megan Messerly and Krista Mahr 08/24/2022 04:30 AM EDT Link CopiedThe Biden administration’s strategy for stretching scarce monkeypox shots is instead leading to fewer vaccinations and could worsen racial health disparities.The federal government last week slashed the number of vials states received in anticipation of each being able to vaccinate up to five people per vial instead of one.But health officials in half a dozen states told POLITICO that they are routinely able to extract only three or four doses per vial, meaning they were able to vaccinate fewer people last week than if the federal government had made no changes at all because of the drastically reduced allocations.These officials have had to scramble to reorganize their vaccination efforts — canceling clinics, rescheduling staff and delaying plans to expand eligibility.And,even though the federal government made more vaccines available for states to order on Monday, states warn that they still do not have enough doses to contain a rapidly spreading outbreak that has infected nearly 16,000people to date as public health experts fear the window of opportunity for stopping the virus’s spread is closing.