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Dr. Eric Farbman Dr. Farbman
Neurology
22 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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If I get smallpox what is the chance of survival?

If I get smallpox what is the chance of survival?

Smallpox infection: Historically the survival rate of smallpox varied, but in most communities there was a fatality rate (chance of death) of about 30-35%. The last natural case in the world was in 1975 or 1977 depending on which form you are talking about, and the last case of an infected individual was in 1978 in a laboratory, so you are unlikely to have to worry about getting infected by this.

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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If my child gets smallpox what is the chance for survival?

If my child gets smallpox what is the chance for survival?

Depends: The case fatality rate back 30+ years ago when smallpox was last seen was around 30%. Some individuals had more dramatic presentations with higher fatality rates & children & people >30 were more likely to die. Given that a return of smallpox is unlikely, I would not spend a lot of time worrying about it.

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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Can I get smallpox?

No: Small pox has been eliminated from any possible exposure. There are two deposits of the virus left: one in the CDC deep freeze in Atlanta and one in a similar place in Russia. The only way you could get this disease would be by an act of terrorism which is very unlikely.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How can I get smallpox?

With great: Difficulty. Smallpox was eradicated in 1980. The exception was stocks of the virus maintained in liquid nitrogen at one lab in atlanta, georgia and one lab in moscow. Both countries agreed along with the world health organization that they would destroy their remaining stocks.

Dr. Dustin Colegrove Dr. Colegrove
Internal Medicine
8 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Can you get vaccinated for smallpox?

Theoretically yes: There is no public vaccine available for use as smallpox has been globally eradicated (except for the biological weapon stores of a couple countries).

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Dr. Marc Zimmermann Dr. Zimmermann
Psychiatry
18 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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Can someone get infected by smallpox twice?

Possibly: It is highly unlikely, but anything is possible.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How could a person get infected with smallpox?

Agree w Dr. Gallant: Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1979 by the world health organization. Bioterrorism or infection of a laboratory worker handling materials (this would be very unlikely due to protocols used when handling this type fo infectious material) are possible mechanisms for infection.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How can I get a vaccine for smallpox?

How can I get a vaccine for smallpox?

Why?: There are a very limited # of scientists & medical personnel who receive the vaccine because they work either with the virus or a similar virus. 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 has enough vaccine to vaccinate every person in the United States. ”

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Dr. Eric Farbman Dr. Farbman
Neurology
22 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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Can military people get a smallpox vaccination?

Not routinely: Smallpox is an example of the success of vaccines in eradicating a disease that previously caused significant devastation. Only if there is a threat of biological warfare do troops get the smallpox vaccine. This webpage shows which vaccines military personnel receive: http://usmilitary. About. Com/od/theorderlyroom/l/blvaccinations. Htm.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Who discovered the bacteria responsible for smallpox? Do we still get vaccinated for that?

Smallpox: The American public has not received routine smallpox vaccinations since 1972. All natural sources of smallpox have been eradicated. The government only provides smallpox to several hundred scientists/ medical personnel in research settings. It's a virus.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Do you still have to get the smallpox vaccine if you don't go overseas?

Do you still have to get the smallpox vaccine if you don't go overseas?

No, Smallpox: Vaccine is not routinely administered to military or the public. 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 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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Could you get a smallpox vaccine in spite of having eczema?

Could you get a smallpox vaccine in spite of having eczema?

Contraindicated wi: Eczema. The American public has not received routine smallpox vaccinations since 1972. According to the CDC “The U.S. government 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**

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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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What is the chance of getting eczema from the smallpox vaccine?

What is the chance of getting eczema from the smallpox vaccine?

You do not: First I may tell you Small Pox Vaccine is not given anywhere in the world for last several years as Small Pox has been eradicated from this earth and there is no need to vaccinate any one Your question is lheoretical and is historical for your amusement You do not get eczema from Small Pox Vaccine Eczema vaccinatum which is rare severe reaction to Smalpox vaccine in those who already had Eczema

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Where can I get the eczema and smallpox vaccine?

Where can I get the eczema and smallpox vaccine?

Can't get smallpox: Vaccine at this time. The American public has not received routine smallpox vaccinations since 1972. According to the CDC “The U.S. government 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).

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Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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If you have eczema can you still get the smallpox vaccine?

Not an Issue: There is currently no reason to get a smallpox vaccination anywhere.

Dr. Larry Lutwick Dr. Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
45 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Is it safe to get the smallpox vaccine while pregnant?

Is it safe to get the smallpox vaccine while pregnant?

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.

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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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What are the chances of getting eczema vaccinatum from the smallpox vaccine? Has this ever happened?

What are the chances of getting eczema vaccinatum from the smallpox vaccine? Has this ever happened?

No More Small pox: Small pox vaccine has not been used anywhere for years as Small Pox Disease has been wiped out from the earth due to successful Immunisation Yes Eczema Vaccinatum was a complication og Small Pox Vaccine and it might have happened in past

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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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What are the chances of someone with eczema getting eczema vaccinatum from a smallpox vaccine? Can this happen?

What are the chances of someone with eczema getting eczema vaccinatum from a smallpox vaccine? Can this happen?

Not possible now: Smallpox is one of the viral illnesses which have been conquered world wide. Unless the organism is released in a terrible accident or by a terrorist action, it is simply not found out there to cause infection. Therefore immunization (vaccination) is not needed and those under age forty or so have never been exposed so eczema vaccinatum is not out there either.

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Could you tell me what is the percentage chance of getting eczema vaccinated from the smallpox vaccine if you have eczema?

Could you tell me what is the percentage chance of getting eczema vaccinated from the smallpox vaccine if you have eczema?

Confusing question: Eczema is not caused by the smallpox vaccine but can worsen due to many stressful processes. Smallpox vaccine has also not been given to the general population in the us since about 1980, after the world health organization declared it extinct. When it was available, it was never given to patients known to have eczema because of a major life threatening complication from the vaccine.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Doctors, what are the chances of getting eczema vaccinatum from the smallpox vaccine?

Smallpox vaccine: Extremely rare severe rxns: included Postvaccinal Encephalitis & Eczema Vaccinatum wi a death rate of 1 to 2 per million. The American public has not received routine smallpox vaccinations since 1972. According to the CDC - Eczema/ Atopic Dermatitis was a contraindication.

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