Smallpox Vaccine

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Q: I am concerned about the smallpox vaccination. How safe would it be? Is there any way to treat smallpox that would avoid vaccination if there were to be a terrorist attack using this germ?

A: Here we are, 25 years after we thought smallpox had become extinct, worrying about it again. The problem lies in the fact that stocks of the virus called “variola major” were held in “safe” keeping in laboratories in the U.S.A.

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