Monkeypox - Latest Guidance



Monkeypox Vaccination

Please continue to check this page regularly as we will update it with information.

Currently there are very few doses of vaccine available so we are prioritising those at the highest risk of infection.

More vaccine appointments will be released shortly , if no online slots are available at your chosen axess clinic please contact your local clinic directly

We ask that if you live outside of the Cheshire and Merseyside area that you contact your local clinic first, appointment priority will be given to Cheshire and Merseyside residents.

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To book please contact your local axess clinic on 0300 323 1300 or book online below


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Other Cheshire and Merseyside Areas - Please contact your preferred clinic via phone


Monkeypox Symptoms & Testing

MONKEYPOX has recently been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO) after cases spread to more than 70 countries. There have been a number of confirmed cases of Monkeypox in the UK. Most of these cases are in England particularly London and the South East, we have however seen cases in the North West and in Liverpool & Cheshire.

Monkeypox is usually a mild self-limiting illness, spread by very close contact with someone with monkeypox. Most people recover within a few weeks.

Although monkeypox can affect anyone, the majority of those cases are currently among gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men. Monkeypox is transmitted through close contact, so is likely being passed on during sex rather than sexual transmission.

Everyone is being asked to be aware of the monkeypox symptoms, but it’s important gay and bisexual men are alert as currently this is the group most affected.

Initial symptoms of monkeypox include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen glands, chills and exhaustion. New unexpected or unusual spots, ulcers and blisters can develop anywhere on the body, including the face and other parts of the body including the hands, abdomen and genitals.

The spots can change and goes through different stages. They can look like chickenpox, anogenital herpes or syphilis, before finally forming a scab, which later falls off. Some people have only had one or a few spots.

If you have new unexpected or unexplained spots, ulcers or blisters anywhere on your body (including the face and/or genitals) or any of the other symptoms outlined below, then contact the axess sexual health service by phone (0300 323 1300) or call 111 or your GP for advice.