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A man's forearm with a red monkeypox rash on it.

Key Points About Monkeypox in Children

  • Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus; it is similar to smallpox but usually less severe.
  • It can be spread from infected humans, animals and materials contaminated with the virus.
  • The disease causes flu-like symptoms such as fever and chills, as well as a rash. It is rarely fatal.
  • While children aren't at high risk for contracting monkeypox, they are still susceptible to the virus, and in fact young children are at increased risk for more severe outcomes if they become infected.
  • Because there is a limited supply of monkeypox vaccines, certain at-risk populations are being prioritized for vaccination.
  • Handwashing, masking and avoiding contact with contaminated individuals and surfaces can help prevent the spread of monkeypox.

View an infographic showing which everyday activities put you at higher risk for contracting monkeypox.