Vaccines and Preventable Diseases:
The smallpox vaccine helps the body develop immunity to smallpox. The smallpox vaccine contains the “live” vaccinia virus—not dead virus like many other vaccines. For that reason, the vaccination site must be cared for carefully to prevent the virus from spreading. Also, the vaccine can have side effects. Currently, the United States has a big enough stockpile of smallpox vaccine to vaccinate everyone in the U.S. in the event of a smallpox emergency. More...
For Health Professionals:
What You Should Know
- CDC's main smallpox website
Symptoms, treatment, transmission, etc.
- Smallpox Basics
Overview of the disease & what CDC is doing to protect you...
- Questions and Answers
- Pictures of Smallpox
Warning:Some of these photos are quite graphic.
- What You Should Know About a Smallpox Outbreak
- Travelers information
Information and updates on risks for travelers, precautions, prevention, etc.
- Timeline of Smallpox Disease and Vaccine
Source: History of Vaccines
- Vaccine Basics
- Side Effects
- Vaccine Information Statement (VIS)
- Questions and Answers
- Fact Sheet
You Are Close to May Get the Smallpox Vaccine: What You Should Know and Do
If someone you have close, physical contact with (your spouse, partner or other member of your household) is considering getting the smallpox vaccine…
- CDC's Vaccine Safety website
For Health Professionals
- Smallpox Overview for Clinicians
Register with CDC, diagnosis & evaluation, contraindications, normal vaccine reactions, adverse reactions, vaccine admin, policy, and patient education
- Questions & Answers for Health Professionals
- Pre-Event Vaccination
- Post-Event Vaccination
- State-by-state reports of shipments, vaccinations, and adverse events
- ACIP recommendations
- Vaccination Recommendations & Policy
- Contraindications for Smallpox (Vaccinia) Vaccine
- Package inserts
(ACAM2000, Dryvax, and more package inserts...) Posted
- Info for People Selected for Smallpox Response Teams
Information for those considering getting smallpox vaccine as part of their hospital or health department’s preparedness plans
- Reference Materials
- Related MMWR articles, links, and references
- Travelers Health: Yellow Book
- Infection Control
- Training & education
- Smallpox Vaccination & Adverse Events Training Module
- Podcast on Smallpox Vaccine
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Content last reviewed on October 25, 2012
Content Source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases