11 doctors weighed in:
Why is the smallpox vaccine not available to the general public?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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 >

In brief: 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 >
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
for possible future bioterrorism (in aftermath of 9/11).**http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/vaccination/facts.asp**
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree
In brief: Like the oral polio
The risk of taking it, although small, is higher than the risk of acquiring smallpox.

In brief: Like the oral polio
The risk of taking it, although small, is higher than the risk of acquiring smallpox.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Dr. Larry Lutwick
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Dr. Martin Raff
And in addition, there is no smallpox any more.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Proof vaccines work!
Because small pox is gone from the planet essentially and there is no more real risk to the general public.
Thus a vaccine has essentially obliterated a disease that killed thousands before 1972. Strong proof on the value of vaccines.

In brief: Proof vaccines work!
Because small pox is gone from the planet essentially and there is no more real risk to the general public.
Thus a vaccine has essentially obliterated a disease that killed thousands before 1972. Strong proof on the value of vaccines.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: The disease is gone
There has been no smallpox in the world in 30+ years.
Only the risk of use in bioterrorism keeps its memory around. The military & selected civilians are vaccinated and would be our wall to surround any cases.

In brief: The disease is gone
There has been no smallpox in the world in 30+ years.
Only the risk of use in bioterrorism keeps its memory around. The military & selected civilians are vaccinated and would be our wall to surround any cases.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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