May 21, 2022
By Steve Kee
Canada is considering the smallpox vaccine for monkeypox cases.
Doctor Theresa Tam says not a lot is known about the sudden appearance of Monkeypox in Canada, the U-S, Australia and several parts of Europe.
Quebec has confirmed five new cases and two dozen possible cases are being investigated.
Monkeypox is typically milder than smallpox and can cause fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, swollen lymph nodes and lesions all over the body.
Routine vaccination against smallpox ended decades ago, but Tam says Canada does keep a small stockpile of smallpox vaccine in case of a biological incident.
There is global evidence that smallpox vaccines can offer protection against monkeypox.