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Is it possible to have bad adverse reactions to the smallpox vaccine if the government gives it out for bioterrorism?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: There is a very small , but real risk to this vaccine of developing a fatal case of smallpox from the vaccine.But in an epidemic situation, this risk is far less than naturally becoming sick. Hopefully this scenario will never occur.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Yes: More robust reactions are seen more commonly in those not previously immunized.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Smallpox Vaccination: Smallpox vaccine mild rxn's include sore & red vaccination site, tender & enlarged axillary lymph nodes, low fever & feeling ill. More serious rxns occurred in 1,000 per million – vaccinia rash or toxic rash (Erythema multiforme). Extremely rare severe rxns: included Postvaccinal Encephalitis & Eczema Vaccinatum wi a death rate of 1 to 2 per million. So - yes adverse rxn's are possible.

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