While the present Anthrax situation doesn't really worry me, (it is treatable with antibiotics), the thought of a smallpox outbreak does. Besides not having any treatment (viral), there are not enough stockpiles of the vaccine to treat a large outbreak let alone vaccinate for prevention. I had an idea for stretching the supply of vaccine that is available but I don't know if this idea is realistic or just stupid. I have been trying to find an answer on the internet but I can't find exactly what I am looking for. I have tried contacting the CDC but all I get is a form letter. So, I thought I would throw it out to all of you to see if you think it is possible or am I completely off base.
My idea is that perhaps material from the primary lesion caused by a vaccination could be used to vaccinate other people. I know that you can accidentally innoculate yourself on other parts of the body by transferring the material with your hands, but would it be effective if transferred to someone else? That way, one person per family could be vaccinated and a few days later the lesion could be used for the rest of the family. I am probably completely wrong with this but maybe one of you know the answer or knows where to look for more information. Any ideas would be appreciated.