Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, May 4th, 2004
In people with weakened immune systems, there is a chance that the live virus in the smallpox vaccine, rather than immunizing them, can result in an infection that gets progressively worse. People who are known to be HIV-positive would not typically be given a smallpox vaccination because of this potentially fatal risk.
More than 438,000 U.S. soldiers were vaccinated against smallpox between December 2002 and October 2003. Of the 10 later identified as...
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