A 30-year-old member asked:
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if my mom had the smallpox vaccination before she got pregnant, am i immune?

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Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
NO: No.
Answered on Oct 7, 2017
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Don't need to be: Smallpox has been eradicated worldwide so there is no longer any need for vaccination, and no you are not immune.
Answered on Oct 7, 2017
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
The vaccination: would not infer immunity to a child that wasn't even conceived. However, it is likely that she still has immunity. A study called “Duration of antiviral immunity after smallpox vaccination.” Hammarlund E. etal (Nat Med 2003) showed that >90 % of volunteers vaccinated 25 to 75 years prior still had significant humoral / cellular immunity. ** http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12925846**
Answered on Oct 7, 2017

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