Survey on Smallpox vaccine - page 4

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   nessa1982
    Dont you have 4 days to get vaccinated after exposure? I thinks thats what the centers for disease control said (cdc.gov). Their site has a lot of info on it.
  2. by   LaurenmomRN
    I work in public health and I'm not going to get it now because of the risks. But if they decide that there's a risk, we have 10 days to get the vaccine. So be sure to volunteer for the event clinics if your asked to sign up because you will porbably be able to get your and your family vaccinated first.
  3. by   EBPierce
    I was b. 1963, and my school records say I got smallpox vaccination twice (I had my vaccines at school, too, because our family doctor was an osteopath and did not do inoculations). Never had a reaction, except the scar (very faint now)...did have a reaction to my rubella inoculation, though...in fact, I got rubella (there was a scandal about not-quite-killed-enough vaccines back in the late '60s, and guess who got one of them ). I would get the booster if needed (but I would appreciate a titer, if available!), since I had no negative sequelae the first 2 times, and my health is basically the same (yeah, I'm older, but I also outgrew my really bad childhood allergies, so I consider it a draw ). But would I let my kids be immunized...hmm, that's a different kettle of fish. They've had all their vaccines so far with no bad consequences (that I know of!)...but if the threat doesn't become more tangible, I would have to think long and hard about letting them get it "just in case."
    BTW, I went to nursing school with a student who spent his childhood in Libya, and he lost his entire family (mother, father, two older sisters and baby brother) to smallpox. I've lost track of him since graduation...I wonder what his take on this would be?
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    Originally posted 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?
    Unfortunately nurses would be contagious until the scab falls off. Patients and their families who are infants, pregnant, HIV+, have eczema, received cancer treatments, or are on steroids are at great risk.
    The families of the person vaccinated also are at risk.
    A person who accidentally touches the vaccination then scratches or touches their eyes, nose, or other mucus membranes could spread it. The virus could cause a brain lesion, blindness, and become a chronic or even lethal infection.
    It would still be worth the risk if we knew there would be an outbreak (attack?).
    Just my view.
    http://www.vaccines.army.mil/smallpox.asp
  5. by   AHarri66
    Does anybody know if there is a titer available? I'd rather do that first. I'm wary; my chance of exposure to the disease is far smaller than my having a complication.

    Besides, I hate needles!


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