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Contraindications for the Use of Smallpox Live Vaccinia Virus Vaccine

Specialty:

Infectious Diseases
Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology

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Description:

The standard smallpox (vaccinia) vaccine has employed a live virus preparation. This poses a risk to certain individuals, which must be balanced against the risks of becoming infected by a wild or weapon-grade variola virus. Until a recombinant vaccine is widely available, care should be taken in vaccinating people at risk for complications.

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