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is it safe to get the smallpox vaccine while pregnant?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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No: Smallpox vaccine is a live virus vaccine and therefore cannot be given to pregnant women.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Alysia Townsend
19 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Live virus vaccines are not recommended during pregnancy. These should only be administered if benefits outweigh risks. This should be reviewed with your physician and based on your health status and any planned travel to endemic areas, etc.
Answered on Nov 6, 2013
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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
42 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: Although smallpox vaccination is rarely given today except in very exceptional circumstances, you should not receive it if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant soon. You should also look closely into the recommendation for such a treatment, which is considered to pose much greater risk than the risk of getting this disease, which has been effectively eliminated.
Answered on Sep 12, 2015
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Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Would not: The vaccinia virus in the smallpox vaccine is an attenuated (weaken) but live virus and we avoid using live virus vaccines during pregnancy if possible.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Why would anyone get smallpox vaccine in this day and age. This virus has been eliminated world wide, and unless biological warfare occurs between two major world powers will not be likely to reappear. If that war happens smallpox may be the least of your worries
Sep 3, 2013
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Smallpox vaccine: Smallpox vaccination should not be given during pregnancy and a woman should not become pregnant until at least one month after vaccination. http://www.bt.cdc.gov/training/smallpoxvaccine/reactions/contraindications.html **The American public has not received routine smallpox vaccinations since 1972. All natural sources of smallpox have been eradicated. According to the CDC “The U.S. government
Answered on Oct 31, 2014
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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has enough vaccine to vaccinate every person in the United States in the event of a smallpox emergency.” This is part of Emergency Prepared & Response for possible future bioterrorism (in aftermath of 9/11).**http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/vaccination/facts.asp**
Oct 6, 2014

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