Officials: Smallpox Vaccine Didn't Kill Nurse - page 2

officials: smallpox vaccine didn't kill nurse wed march 26, 2003 02:14 pm et by maggie fox, health and science correspondent washington (reuters) - a maryland nurse who died after getting... Read More

  1. by   P_RN
    Third death. Now they say no one over 50......

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...accinations_32
  2. by   Irishcreme
    I heard about it briefly on Good Morning America this morning. I think Dr. Tim Robbins was the correspondent.
  3. by   BBFRN
    Have you guys received your packet from the CDC about the vaccination yet? It has a good amount of info in it, as well as some gruesome pictures showing the different types of reaction. It made me not want to get the vaccine again.
  4. by   OC_An Khe
    No one should volunterr to take this vaccine until there is a case of smallpox in the world. The risks are just to great and evidently not fully appreciated.
  5. by   Vsummer1
    Originally posted by ocankhe
    No one should volunterr to take this vaccine until there is a case of smallpox in the world. The risks are just to great and evidently not fully appreciated.
    Russia was working on smallpox, and it is believed that Iraq may have it as well. Since (in past years) defecting scientists say it is so, are you seriously suggesting we "wait" until the first case hits? The ONLY reason this is coming up is it is possibly in Saddam's/terrorist's arsenal.
  6. by   jnette
    Yes. it's been on teh major networks the past couple days about the heart related issues, specifically. That people with cardiac concerns should not take the vaccine. Received the pamphlet from CDC as well ... pretty disturbing pics there, eh?
  7. by   jnette
    Yes, it's been on the major networks the past couple days. Specifically stating the cardiac concerns, and those WITH should not take the vaccine.
    Also received the CDC pamphlet.. pretty disturbing pics there, eh?
  8. by   psychonurse
    Even with the pictures that they show, I would wait until there was a reported case in my area since I am close to the point of not taking it (50 years old). I live out in no where Oregon and it would take a lot for that to get here, kind of like SARS. I don't want to die from a shot that I might not even need. just my two cents worth.
  9. by   JNJ
    I recently spent about 100 hours poring over the CDC's (& other mainstream sources') smallpox information as I had been asked to transfer the info onto a CD-ROM learning program. The program is now complete and used to help teach those who will administer the vaccine, including those in the military. (I cannot give further details on this as it might be construed as advertising.)

    I received the vaccine in 1971 before nursing school. It was followed by a serious, although local reaction that lasted 3 weeks and kept me away from work.

    In the absence of a titer type test, the current recommendation is to repeat the vaccine if it was given more than five years ago. After spending so much learning about vaccination, I was actually rather dissuaded from revaccination in a non-emergency situation.

    When there is a smallpox case in this country, we have an emergency situation and there are no contraindications for those in contact with the case as the benefits of vaccination outweight the dangers.

    There was a thread about smallpox vaccination some weeks ago. The CDC site is easy to find, but the package received in the mail contains the same basic info.

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