Survey on Smallpox vaccine - page 3

I received one when I was six and again when I was 18 in order to enter nursing school. They had a plastic shield with air holes to put over the lesion. It looked like the blister packaging you see... Read More

  1. by   BBnurse34
    Does anyone feel that medical personel have an obligation to get vaccinated against smallpox so that there will be immune nurses and doctors to care for anyone affected if an outbreak occurs?
  2. by   OC_An Khe
    A few posters have asked for proof that small pox is in the hand s of bad guys who are willing to use it. No one knows for sure however, there were two stocks of live smallpox virus. The first was in the CDC in Atlanta, all accounted for. The second was in Moscow during the USSR government. When inspectors went to check the couldn't account for it. Russia said it was moved but couldn't find/account for all the stocks of smallpox. Who has them? Anyone's guess thus the debate.
  3. by   canoehead
    I would assume that since I didn't have a poor reaction to the vaccine the first time I had it that my chances of reacting poorly now are less than average. I don't feel an urgent need to get one but would if asked to be part of a "first response" team. I guess I'll be the one to go first.
  4. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    I have had it and will take it again , That does show my age now doesnt it. I can say with a smile Im close to the era when they stopped giving it lol. Not that it helps my age any.
    Im getting used to shots and feeling like crap afterwards. Before each posting to some off the wall country, I get the battery of injections. Being from the states Im dainty, and my immune system well isnt exposed to all this crud the rest of the world has, so when we get posted out to these festuring puss pockets of the world I have to get every shot known to man and the region. After getting the notification that we were going to South Africa, I thought I would die from side effect. I had so many shots my entire body hurt for a month, no kidding. Now that the smallpox vaccine is out , we were informed that we too would be getting this shot. Why cant I show them my potmark on my arm?
    I hate that we even have to consider this as a possible threat of a terrorist attack but its true, I have seen some of the worst sights in my life , and the highest were on humanity itself, Yes I will get my shot and pray. Pray for humanity to find itself.
    Just a thought
    Zoe
  5. by   BellaTerra2002
    I'm with Heather. I'm not getting it unless I absolutely have to get it.
  6. by   vanrn
    A person infected with smallpox could walk through a busy mall and spread the disease to hundreds, who would then go home and spread the disease to hundreds more. Once discovered, widespread panic would occur as frantic parents/people would scramble for the vaccine. At that point, many who now refuse to consider vaccination would rethink the odds of harm from the shot. Rather than put myself and my family in that position, I do plan on vaccinating against smallpox. We all know now that terrorism is real in this country and I feel it's just a matter of time before another strike of some sort hits us here. I will sleep better at night knowing I have done everything possible to protect my kids.
  7. by   jenac
    Interesting thread- a conversation many of us have had several times now. I actually have a question- I understand that the vacinne given is of a weakend lived virus. And that it can be shed- and therfore makes those who get the it contangious. I'm asking as a younger healthcare worker, who never got the vacinne as a child- with small children who have never had the vacinne. I also understand that this vacinne could possibly be available to us (healthcare workers) sooner than the general public. If anyone can enlighten me- please let me know. Thanks.
  8. by   NurseWeasel
    So how about this? The first people to get it be military healthcare workers. Not that I'm anti-military at all, just saying the gummint vaccinates the military people alot already, and if the military healthcare workers were vaccinated they could come to any area hit with an outbreak and take over until the locals could get vaccinated. Being military, these people are at the mercy of the gummint with regard to what shots they get and where they get sent anyway.

    Just a thought. What do you think about it?
  9. by   sjoe
    Weasel--that is the reason Bush got vaccinated. He said, rightly, that as Commander in Chief, it would not be good leadership to not do himself what he was ordering his troops to do. However, his family and cabinet members are NOT getting the vaccine.
  10. by   night owl
    I'm not running to my nearest Vaccinator to get it, but if need be, I'll get it again. I'd rather be safe than sorry.
  11. by   hapeewendy
    I dont know, I have had eczema and thats a no no for the smallpox vaccine so I've heard anyway..
    they stopped the immunization here In 1973 or so which means , being that I was born in 77 I didnt get it...I have to find out more info before I would consider it ...
  12. by   KaroSnowQueen
    Personally, I don't understand all the hoopla over it. I took the small pox vaccine as a small child in the sixties, as did my sister and every other child in America. I don't remember anybody dying from it. I was small enough I don't remember it, so it had to be when I was a toddler.
    I think it's a lot of PC over=reaction. And IF there is a danger in the present form of the vaccine, which IMHO is exaggerated, then why don't they revamp it and make it more user friendly??????
    If they want us to get one, I will and don't see any big deal about it. But that's just me.
  13. by   fergus51
    Karo,
    I think the hype comes from the fact that we would be killing about 250-300 people if every American got the vaccine and that's WITHOUT any evidence that any terrorist group has a weaponized supply of smallpox to infect us with. One in a million doesn't sound like a lot, but in a country with our population, you're basically talking about killing a whole elementary school (and one in a million is just an estimate of deaths, not serious complications). If we are going to get paranoid enough to kill 300 people the terrorists could just sit back and take a break.

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