Smallpox shot?

  1. Has anyone out there received a smallpox vaccination? We are to decide this week whether to or not. I am a healthy 50 yr old nurse ...and I want to continue to be one!
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   shudokan-RN
    I work for a county Health dept. I will be one of the first to be vaccinated.
    I had one as a child, and #2 when I joined the Navy
    No problem with the first two. I shouldnt have any probs W/ # 3
    Marcia
  4. by   emily_mom
    We had to decide next week, and I declined. Whether or not we take it, our hospital will stock enough to vaccinate all workers if an outbreak occurs.

    Kristy
  5. by   P_RN
    I had one at 6 and again when starting university~ I guess age 18. I guess I'd take it if it were mandatory. I'm "temporarily out of the business" so I doubt I'd be offered one anyway.
  6. by   Darlene K.
    I will probably take it.
  7. by   SandyB
    Had it before, no problems but hey, I'm older now. I think I will wait and see what kinds of reactions occur.
  8. by   Glad2behere
    We had a big inservice on it today for Disaster Teams. If you listen closely, the vaccination doesn't have coverage for any of the weaponized versions of Small pox.
  9. by   nightingale
    The CDC has information on the vaccine on their website, here tis:

    http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/index.asp

    There is also an option to get free CEU credit to brush up on the info.

    I would probably get the vaccine if it seemed necessary. I tend to not have allergies or be in the at risk category for complications.
    Last edit by nightingale on Feb 10, '03
  10. by   KC CHICK
    Not on the pill, won't be getting the vaccination. (hint, hint)
  11. by   Q.
    Originally posted by Glad2behere
    We had a big inservice on it today for Disaster Teams. If you listen closely, the vaccination doesn't have coverage for any of the weaponized versions of Small pox.
    Now that's interesting.
  12. by   Jenny P
    I had it probably 3 times when I was younger, but would refuse it now. I have exzema and DH is immuno-suppressed. I also feel that there are way too many questions that haven't been answered about it and our risks.
  13. by   cactus wren
    Rumor has it around here...that this isn`t new vaccine...it is stuff left over and stored when they stopped vaccinating everyone...in the 60`s...Does anyone know if this is true? How would they know if this stuff accually works??


    I still have my scars from vaccinations as a child...had no problems, but do remember how badly those things itched...was told that it was good, because that meant it "took"
  14. by   Jenny P
    Originally posted by cactus wren
    Rumor has it around here...that this isn`t new vaccine...it is stuff left over and stored when they stopped vaccinating everyone...in the 60`s...Does anyone know if this is true? How would they know if this stuff accually works??
    The last immunizations were given in 1971 or '72 (I'm pretty sure it was '71) because I was a County Health Nurse back then and we gave small pox vaccines to the members of the public that were due for them at that time.

    I would seriously doubt that this would be left over vaccine; EVERYTHING has expiration dates now and I know that the vaccines back then had them too.

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