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Why did small pox? Vaccine leave nasty little roundish scars on everyone's arm?. I was born in 82' so I didn't get it.

Why did small pox? Vaccine leave nasty little roundish scars on everyone's arm?. I was born in 82' so I didn't get it.

Interesting question: The vaccine was given with a two-pronged needle that used to prick the skin of the arm several times causing a few drops of blood. In 3-4 days a red bump formed. The bump developed into a blister, then filled with pus, and drained. In the second week, the blister dried up and scabbed over. In the third week, the scab fell off, leaving a scar. I'm a lot older than you and I didn't get it either. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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Small pox vaccine scar even though born in the 90's (and 89), why is this and can I get rid of it?

Small pox vaccine scar even though born in the 90's (and 89), why is this and can I get rid of it?

The way it was given: Small Pox vaccine was not given with hypoderm needle. We used a bifurcate needle dip in vaccine and puncture the skin superficially a number of times. If vaccine is successful a red and itchy bump appears at the site of vaccination in3to4days and in first week it becomes a large blisterand begins to drain.It begins to dry up in second week and scabs.The scab falls in 3rd week and leaves ugly scar ...Read more

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Smallpox scars what did they look like?

Smallpox scars: Smallpox scars look much like a combination of chickenpox scars and acne pits. They can be made less visible with subcision and fat transfer or fillers. ...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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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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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


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Smallpox (Definition)

Smallpox is an infectious disease caused by viruses variola major and variola minor. It was a significant cause of death. Only humans were infected by smallpox and it ...Read more