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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Smallpox Vaccine (Overview)

a compound that contains cowpox virus which is administered to a person to prevent development of smallpox. “Edward Jenner and the history of smallpox and vaccination” by Stefan Riedel MD, PhD is a fascinating read. Appears that Benjamin Jesty was the first to vaccinate against smallpox (1737-1816). See: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1200696/


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What are some smallpox vaccine complications?

What are some smallpox vaccine complications?

Vaccine is not given: Small pox vaccine is not given and not available these days when it was given it could cause fever sometimes high, swelling and redness at the site of injection and a condition caused vaccinia which produced vescicular rash and fever and in some case encephalitis threat of biologic terrorism was the reason small pox vaccination was being considered but was abandoned. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
120 doctors shared insights

Smallpox Vaccine (Overview)

a compound that contains cowpox virus which is administered to a person to prevent development of smallpox. “Edward Jenner and the history of smallpox and vaccination” by Stefan Riedel MD, PhD is a fascinating read. Appears that Benjamin Jesty was the first to vaccinate against smallpox (1737-1816). See: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1200696/


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Why is the smallpox vaccine not available to the general public?

Why is the smallpox vaccine not available to the general public?

There is no: Smallpox in nature now. The vaccine has potential side effects. 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 > ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is the smallpox vaccine safe to take?

Is the smallpox vaccine safe to take?

Depends: It is effective, but only used in extremely limited populations. http://emergency.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/revaxmemo.asp. ...Read more

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How does smallpox vaccine work?

How does smallpox vaccine work?

Coxpox immunity: The smallpox vaccine contains live vaccinia, the virus that causes cowpox. Vaccinia is related to smallpox but causes a much milder form of disease. By exposing your immune system to vaccinia, you develop immunity both to vaccinia and also to the smallpox virus. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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Is there a smallpox vaccine?

Is there a smallpox vaccine?

Smallpox Vaccine: 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** ...Read more

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How does smallpox vaccine work?

Coxpox immunity: The smallpox vaccine contains live vaccinia, the virus that causes cowpox. Vaccinia is related to smallpox but causes a much milder form of disease. By exposing your immune system to vaccinia, you develop immunity both to vaccinia and also to the smallpox virus. ...Read more

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Is the smallpox vaccine safe to take?

Depends: It is effective, but only used in extremely limited populations. http://emergency.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/revaxmemo.asp. ...Read more

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What are some smallpox vaccine complications?

Vaccine is not given: Small pox vaccine is not given and not available these days when it was given it could cause fever sometimes high, swelling and redness at the site of injection and a condition caused vaccinia which produced vescicular rash and fever and in some case encephalitis threat of biologic terrorism was the reason small pox vaccination was being considered but was abandoned. ...Read more

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Is smallpox vaccine helpful for any other diseases?

Is smallpox vaccine helpful for any other diseases?

May help with HIV: There's a paper awaiting confirmation that suggests folks immunized against smallpox have some protection against the HIV virus. There's talk of an immunization helping make asthma less likely. I am skeptical of both results. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: smallpox vaccine?

Smallpox Vaccine is: a compound that contains cowpox virus which is administered to a person to prevent development of smallpox. “Edward Jenner and the history of smallpox and vaccination” by Stefan Riedel MD, PhD is a fascinating read. Appears that Benjamin Jesty was the first to vaccinate against smallpox (1737-1816). See: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1200696/ ...Read more

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Why is the smallpox vaccine not available to the general public?

There is no: Smallpox in nature now. The vaccine has potential side effects. 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 > ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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Can the smallpox vaccine cause chickenpox in an adult?

Can the smallpox vaccine cause chickenpox in an adult?

Smallpox&varicella : Small popx and varicella viruses are different and one cannot cause the other. ...Read more

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What is the connection between smallpox vaccine and hiv?

What is the connection between smallpox vaccine and hiv?

HIV & Smallpox vacc: The smallpox vaccine is contraindicated in anyone who has an HIV infection or AIDS. **http://www.bt.cdc.gov/training/smallpoxvaccine/reactions/contraindications.html** ...Read more

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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** ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is it possible to accept a smallpox vaccine if having eczema?

??smallpox vaccine??: If i understand correctly, the smallpox was declared extinct in 1980 by the who and only a few support teams with the cdc and military have access to the vaccine based on bioterroism concerns.When the vaccine was used before 1980, eczema was considered a contraindication due to the severe and often life threatening reactions to the vaccine.Consult your personal dr on this issue. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more