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  • 2002
  • 4 In December 2002, the U.S. government began a smallpox vaccination program for civilian public health and hospital workers, including selected physicians, nurses, and ancillary personnel. (aafp.org)
  • 1980
  • 2 In 1966, the World Health Organization embarked on a program that culminated in the 1980 declaration that smallpox had been eradicated worldwide. (aafp.org)
  • Persons
  • Variolation involved the deliberate exposure of nonimmune persons to material taken from known smallpox victims. (aafp.org)
  • In addition, 11 other serious adverse events were reported, including two cases of cardiomyopathy identified 3 months after smallpox vaccination in persons with no previous history of cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease (CAD), or congestive heart failure. (cdc.gov)
  • infection
  • Because a risk for infection to the fetus is possible in the pre-event setting, smallpox vaccination is not recommended for pregnant women or anyone with close physical contact to a pregnant woman (e.g., a household member or sex partner). (cdc.gov)
  • ANTHRAX
  • Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the anthrax exposures in the following weeks, concern that smallpox could be used as a biologic weapon has increased. (aafp.org)
  • 2001
  • Because of the events of September 11, 2001, concern has risen that terrorist organizations or rogue states might use smallpox as a biologic weapon. (aafp.org)