Smallpox Vaccine

  1. Anyone been offered the smallpox vaccine, and are you going to take it if offered. I was on the fence, about it, but after an infomational meeting I think I will volunteer. Just wondering if anyone else was, or if I'm crazy. Actually I know I'm crazy, I'm a nurse.
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   safetynurse
    Hi- yes i have been offered vaccine- planning to get it in 2 weeks. have already been caring for employees who recieved vaccine in past 3 weeks. So far everyone is doing well, no problems.

    Good luck!
  4. by   semstr
    no, as far as I know, nobody has here.
  5. by   eltrip
    It's been advertised, however, I haven't been able to ascertain the ingredients used in the vaccine. With my allergies, I can't risk it until I know.

    Anyone out there have any info? I've checked the CDC's website to no avail. I welcome any assistance.
  6. by   safetynurse
    In NJ- they are not allowing persons with allergies to get the vaccine- especially if you have atopic dermatitis or eczema. You would be at higher risk for complications from the vaccinia[the main component of the vaccine]. I have more info on the vaccine at work- but I am on vacation this week- will try to post more next week!
  7. by   dspring
    Thanks for the info, What do you all think about the "side effects" I was wondering with all the antivirals out there, if a person would get the really bad side effects I bet they coulf be treated with one of the many antivirals.
  8. by   safetynurse
    there are just a few experimental drugs approved for use of vaccinia--they are available thru the CDC- time will tell how effective they are!
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    I care for elderly, post op or very sick patients. A patient could grab my arm and become infected. I would have to take a few weeks off work. No, for now I will not volunteer for it.

    Care of the Vaccination Site: Don't touch the smallpox vaccination site. You may spread virus somewhere else, either on your body or somebody else's.
    Don't touch a smallpox vaccination site. This is the best way to avoid spreading the virus. Frequent hand washing also helps prevent spreading virus in the event you touch the vaccination site by accident. An information sheet with detailed instructions about how to take care of the vaccination site will be provided to vaccine recipients.

    If 1,000,000 people get smallpox vaccine, up to about 600 cases of auto-inoculation (also called accidental infection) can result when people touch their vaccination site and then transfer virus to their eyes, genitals, or other itchy places on their body.

    Vaccinia virus can also be spread to others by touch. In the 1960s, the risk of spreading vaccinia virus to others (usually a household member) was about 30 per 1,000,000 vaccinations overall. Most cases of vaccinia caused by contact do not lead to serious illness. However, about 30% of such cases result in a severe skin infection in individuals who have eczema or other chronic skin problems.

    Until the vaccination scab falls off, avoid close or household contact with people who are exempt from getting smallpox vaccine themselves. Do not share sleeping space (eg. bed, bunk, cot) with these people. Do not share clothes, towels, linen, or toiletries either. Occupational settings (eg. vehicles, tanks, aircraft) are not affected, if the vaccine from site is simply covered with a Band Aid and a sleeve.

    Today, there are many people in the community living with problems to their immune systems. Follow instructions about caring for your vaccination site to minimize the chance of spreading vaccinia virus to someone else.

    The risk of severe complications after smallpox vaccination for people infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is not known. At present, there is no evidence that smallpox vaccination accelerates the progression of HIV-related disease. Nevertheless, until additional information becomes available, it is prudent that people who have HIV infection not be vaccinated, except in an emergency.
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Feb 21, '03