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Is the smallpox vaccine safe to take?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Keith Ramsey
Pediatrics - Adolescent Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

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

In brief: Depends

It is effective, but only used in extremely limited populations.
http://emergency.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/revaxmemo.asp.
Dr. Keith Ramsey
Dr. Keith Ramsey
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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
It is the least safe of the available vaccines, and we were all very happy not to have to give it any more after smallpox got eradicated.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

The existing vaccine has been approved for use for 18-65 yo who do not have any of the long list of contraindications.
It is not recommended for general use (the disease hasn't been seen in 30+ yrs worldwide and 60+ years in the US). See www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/index.asp.

In brief: Depends

The existing vaccine has been approved for use for 18-65 yo who do not have any of the long list of contraindications.
It is not recommended for general use (the disease hasn't been seen in 30+ yrs worldwide and 60+ years in the US). See www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/index.asp.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Smallpox vaccine

Smallpox vaccine mild rxn's include sore & red vaccination site, tender & enlarged axillary lymph nodes, low fever & feeling ill.
More serious rxns occurred in 1,000 per million – vaccinia rash or toxic rash (Erythema multiforme). 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

In brief: Smallpox vaccine

Smallpox vaccine mild rxn's include sore & red vaccination site, tender & enlarged axillary lymph nodes, low fever & feeling ill.
More serious rxns occurred in 1,000 per million – vaccinia rash or toxic rash (Erythema multiforme). 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
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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 possible future bioterrorism (in aftermath of 9/11).**http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/vaccination/facts.asp**
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Yes

Unless you are immunosuppressed there should be no issues.

In brief: Yes

Unless you are immunosuppressed there should be no issues.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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