The recent outbreak of monkeypox is causing a new health risk all over the world. According to the CDC, there are over 10,000 cases all over the United States of America and over 280 cases in Pennsylvania. Monkeypox is very contagious and can be transferred through direct touch or physical contact.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that children under the age of eight may be at an increased risk for severe outcomes from monkeypox if they develop the disease. It is likely due to a less developed immune system.
As such, our pharmacists at Horsham Pharmacy encourage parents and guardians to keep their children healthy and secure from the virus at all times. With this in mind, parents should remind their children not to have physical contact with friends or loved ones who do not live with the family under the same roof. The use of face masks is still vital, too.
Kids should be taught how to properly wash their hands and should clean themselves once they come home from outside. Adults are also encouraged to stay home if they have no important reason to go out. For example, if you need to pick up a prescription, make use of free prescriptions delivery instead.
The CDC also shared in their US national monkeypox vaccine strategy that children who have received their smallpox shots can have immunity against monkeypox. If your child still has not received one, visit our local pharmacy in Pennsylvania.
To learn more about monkeypox and the best practices against this disease, feel free to visit us anytime! We also offer a diabetes education program in Horsham, Pennsylvania.