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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Smallpox


These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Vaccine
Question: How does the vaccine for smallpox work?

Answer: By establishing your immune system with antibodies to smallpox, thus preventing subsequent infection. It is as if you have had smallpox although you have not had the disease.

General Information
Question: What bodies system(s) does the disease effect? Is this a communicable or non-communicable disease? What are the preventionís you can take to avoid contacting the disease (preventative medicine)? When was the last time a person got Small Pox and died? How do people get this disease?

Answer: Smallpox has been eradicated worldwide. It only exists in a couple of research labs(although I'm sure some defense agency has it squirreled away). The last reported case was in Africa about 5-6 years ago. You do not need to take any precautions since it does not exist(in the wild). Small pox is a virus that is transmitted in person to person contact.

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