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.

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Is there a smallpox vaccine?

Yes. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/smallpox/index.Asp the vaccine is not for general use & at this point the military and some civilian first responders maintain up to date vaccine coverage. Read more...
Yes. Yes but due to side effects and the worldwide eradication of the disease, it is not given. Read more...
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...

Is the smallpox vaccine safe to take?

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

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...
Smallpox vaccination. When smallpox vaccine was given mild rxn's included 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. Routine smallpox vaccination . Read more...

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...

What is the definition or description of: smallpox vaccine?

Vaccinia. A vaccine that contains a live virus called vaccinia that is used to prevent smallpox. The vaccine does not contain the variola virus that causes smallpox, but exposes the immune system to proteins that look like the virus so that an immune response occurs. Read more...
Variola. Varila major is the name of smallpox and it is a awful illness. Dr edward jenner created the first small pox vaccine from cowpox. It was given until 1973 when it was stopped as the world was smallpox free.It was reintroduced a few years ago but too many people had side effects. http://www.immunizationinfo.org/vaccines/smallpox is a good website for more information. Read more...
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...

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

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
Like the oral polio . The risk of taking it, although small, is higher than the risk of acquiring smallpox. Read more...
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...

Do you still have to get the smallpox vaccine if you don't go overseas?

No. There is a very good section on the website from the center for disease control and prevention (cdc.Gov) with great information on immunizations recommended for people living in or traveling to many places throughout the world. It's the ultimate authority and very easy to get to. Read more...
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...

Where can I get the eczema and smallpox vaccine?

Smallpox vaccine. The smallpox vaccine is given with vaccinia which is a similar virus to the smallpox virus. Patients who have eczema should not take this vaccine. There is no vaccine for eczema. I would recommend contacting your county health department or the cdc to see if you would be a candidate for the vaccinia vaccines. Read more...
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...
You can't. The last wild case of smallpox occurred in 1978 and the last lab case in 1980. It was withdrawn from public use in 1980. It has never be given to eczema patients after they died from side effects. There is also no eczema vaccine. Limited supplies of the vaccine are kept by the military & in limited use under strict supervision. Read more...

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...
No. There are complications with the vaccinia (smallpox) vaccine but it doesn't cause chickenpox. Disseminated vaccinia rarely occurs but it tends to distribute different from chickenpox. Read more...
No. Are you thinking about Shingles? If you develop a rash after vaccination with Zostavax (Zoster Vaccine Live) it is best to cover the rash until the lesions have crusted over. The same virus causes shingles and chickenpox (Varicella Zoster). Zostavax contains weakened chickenpox virus. It would be possible (but rare) to infect someone who has never had chickenpox and who has a weak immune system. . Read more...