Health Officials Wind Down Monkeypox PHE, Urge Prevention
By Amy Lynn Sorrel

Given the downturn in monkeypox cases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra recently announced the agency does not expect to renew the public health emergency declaration regarding the infectious disease when it ends on Jan. 31.

HHS will, however, "continue to monitor the case trends closely and encourage all at-risk individuals to get a free vaccine," he said in a statement. "As we move into the next phase of this effort, the Biden-Harris Administration continues working closely with jurisdictions and partners to monitor trends, especially in communities that have been disproportionately affected." 

Meanwhile, the Texas Department of State Health Services urges continued awareness and prevention efforts.  

The agency now offers shareable communication resources on monkeypox, which has heavily impacted patients with HIV. The toolkit contains FAQs, brochures, and helpful information to promote patient discussions. Health officials also launched a video campaign to boost uptake of second vaccine doses.   

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December 13, 2022

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December 13, 2022

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Amy Lynn Sorrel has covered health care policy for nearly 20 years. She got her start in Chicago after earning her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and went on to cover health care as an award-winning writer for the American Medical Association, and as an associate editor and managing editor at TMA. Amy is also passionate about health in general as a cancer survivor, avid athlete, traveler, and cook. She grew up in California and now lives in Austin with her Aggie husband and daughter.

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