Monkeypox Treatment for Nurse Practitioners - Part 2

clinical topics infectious disease urgent care Aug 17, 2022
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With the most recent global Monkeypox outbreak in May of this year, there’s been a lot of confusion among patients and providers about treatment options and vaccination.

With about 7,000 cases in the United States as of this recording, luckily the treatment options are starting to become more available. As I mentioned in the first episode of this series, thus far the treatments and vaccines have been only available through the Strategic National Stockpile, a government supply created to prepare for outbreaks. However, we’re starting to see more availability as the weeks go on.

If you haven’t already watched the last episode about Monkeypox Overview Part 1, definitely go back and check it out!

Monkeypox Treatment Options

In this week’s episode, we cover:

  • Who needs treatment (and who doesn’t)
  • The two main categories of treatments
  • What vaccines are available
  • Antiviral treatment options
  • Where to access treatments

Luckily, the vast majority of patients will have mild, self-limited illnesses, but it is helpful to understand all the treatment options out there so you can confidently answer patients’ questions and connect patients to treatment who need it.

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