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Smallpox scars what did they look like?

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

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


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Can military people get a smallpox vaccination?

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. ...Read more

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Can you give me some advice about eczema and smallpox vaccination?

Can you give me some advice about eczema and smallpox vaccination?

Eczema is: contraindication for smallpox vaccination.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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What are the pros and cons of getting the smallpox vaccination shot?

What are the pros and cons of getting the smallpox vaccination shot?

No Disease: There is no longer any smallpox disease in the world. ( Except in a couple of labs) Thus, we stopped vaccinating for this years ago. ...Read more

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Can you tell me why there was so much opposition to smallpox vaccination throughout the nineteenth century.?

Smallpox vaccine?: “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/ ** I read the article - but didn't see anything about opposition to smallpox vaccine in the 1800's. ...Read more

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If my parents had the smallpox vaccination, are they still immune 30-40 years later?

Agree w Dr. Raff: A study called “Duration of antiviral immunity after smallpox vaccination.” Hammarlund E. etal (Nat Med 2003) showed that >90 % of volunteers vaccinated 25 to 75 years prior still had significant humoral / cellular immunity. ** http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12925846** ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is it still necessary to be vaccinated for smallpox?

No: Smallpox was declared eradicated in 1979 by the world health organization. The only places where the virus might be located would be at specific (& few) laboratories. ...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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How often do you need small pox vaccination?

Never: Smallpox is a dead disease. It has been eradicated. Military personnel may be give smallpox vaccine because of the fear that some nation storing the virus may use it as a biologic weapon. Other than that, forget about it. ...Read more

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Can you get a tattoo on the opposite arm of a small pox vaccination site 3 weeks after injection?

Can you get a tattoo on the opposite arm of a small pox vaccination site 3 weeks after injection?

There is no SmallPox: There is no Small Pox anywhere in the world reported since October 26,1977.And there no need to give small pox vaccine.So you can have tattoo anywhere anytime But be careful to use new needle and ink so you don't get Hep C Infection ...Read more

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Do I need vaccination for measles, small pox and yellow fever to travel to india?

Do I need vaccination for measles, small pox and yellow fever to travel to india?

Maybe, no, and no: Measles still circulates in india so vaccination may be needed depending on your past vaccine history. Smallpox has been eradicated and there is no yellow fever in asia. ...Read more

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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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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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Can any dermatological procedure remove my vaccination scar from my arm?

Can any dermatological procedure remove my vaccination scar from my arm?

Depending on depth: Correction of scars depends on the depth of scar. If superficial (thin), sometimes lasers can reduce the appearance. If deep, sometimes we excise the area, suture the wound to create a more "organized scar". ...Read more

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Is it normal for a tuberculosis vaccination scar to become red & swollen?

Is it normal for a tuberculosis vaccination scar to become red & swollen?

Not years later: Those scars should mature with age. If it recently became inflammed you must look for a reason. If necessary see your family doc, dermatologist or plastic surgeon. Good luck, dr. Fred - linwood, nj. ...Read more

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There is a ring-like round vaccination-like "scar" on my arm. Could it be ringworm from 5 years ago (first noticed this). Didn't bother me or spread.

Not sure: I am not sure what you are describing. It would be best to have someone look at it and tell you what it is. See the doctor for an answer. ...Read more

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I can only find 1 vaccination mark on my right arm. Does that mean i only had 1 vaccine ? Or do some vaccines not leave a scar thus i can't see it? :/

I can only find 1 vaccination mark on my right arm. Does that mean i only had 1 vaccine ? Or do some vaccines not leave a scar thus i can't see it? :/

Small Pox: . Are no longer administered in the us and they are the only vaccines that we used that scarred. These were in later years given on legs in girls especially. Mealseles, mumps, rubella do not leave scars. Gardisil/hpv i frankly do not know. You cannot tell your immunization history by invenotrying your scars/. ...Read more

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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Smallpox (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by viruses Variola Major and Variola Minor that was a significant cause of death before ...Read more