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People Who Should NOT Get the Smallpox Vaccine
(Unless They Are Exposed to the Smallpox Virus)

December 9, 2002

Some people are at greater risk for serious side effects from the smallpox vaccine. Individuals who have any of the following conditions, or live with someone who does, should NOT get the smallpox vaccine unless they have been exposed to the smallpox virus:

In addition, individuals should not get the smallpox vaccine if they:

Again, people who have been directly exposed to the smallpox virus should get the vaccine, regardless of their health status.

Don't Hesitate!
If offered the smallpox vaccine, individuals should tell their immunization provider if they have any of the above conditions, or even if they suspect they might.

For more about smallpox, see Smallpox Basics.




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