This report supplements the 2001 statement by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) (CDC. Vaccinia [smallpox] vaccine: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices [ACIP], 2001. MMWR 2001;50[No. RR-10]:1--25). This supplemental report provides recommendations for using smallpox vaccine in the pre-event vaccination program in the United States. To facilitate preparedness and response, smallpox vaccination is recommended for persons designated by public health authorities to conduct investigation and follow-up of initial smallpox cases that might necessitate direct patient contact. ACIP recommends that each state and territory establish and maintain ,1 smallpox response team. ACIP and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) recommend that each acute-care hospital identify health-care workers who can be vaccinated and trained to provide direct medical care for the first smallpox patients requiring hospital admission and to ...
Smallpox vaccine is known to cause fetal vaccinia, a very rare but serious complication of exposure to smallpox vaccine during pregnancy. Fewer than 50 cases have been reported (1--3), three of which occurred in the United States in 1924, 1959, and 1968. Affected pregnancies have been reported in women vaccinated in all three trimesters, in primary vaccinees, and in those being revaccinated, and in nonvaccinated contacts of vaccinees. 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 has established the National Smallpox Vaccine in Pregnancy Registry, a surveillance system to monitor the outcomes in women who inadvertently received smallpox vaccine during pregnancy, became pregnant within 28 days after vaccination, were a close contact with a vaccinee within 28 days. Exposed pregnant women should contact ...
ACAM2000™: The new smallpox vaccine for United States Strategic National Stockpile Aysegul Nalca, Elizabeth E ZumbrunCenter for Aerobiological Sciences, US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Fort Detrick, MD, USAAbstract: Smallpox was eradicated more than 30 years ago, but heightened concerns over bioterrorism have brought smallpox and smallpox vaccination back to the forefront. The previously licensed smallpox vaccine in the United States, Dryvax® (Wyeth Laboratories, Inc.), was highly effective, but the supply was insufficient to vaccinate the entire current US population. Additionally, Dryvax® had a questionable safety profile since it consisted of a pool of vaccinia virus strains with varying degrees of virulence, and was grown on the skin of calves, an outdated technique that poses an unnecessary risk of contamination. The US government has therefore recently supported development of an improved live vaccinia virus smallpox vaccine. This initiative
Source: New York Times, December 16, 2002. THE BIOTERROR THREAT. Smallpox Vaccine Transmission Raises Liability Issue. By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN. If a smallpox vaccine recipient inadvertently transmitted the virus in the vaccine to other people and they fell ill, who would pay for the sick peoples medical care?. The question arose over the weekend after President Bush announced a plan to vaccinate about 10 million health care and emergency workers with smallpox vaccine, which contains a live virus that is closely related to the one that causes smallpox. Smallpox vaccination differs from other immunizations because recipients can accidentally transmit vaccinia, the virus in the vaccine, to others, in effect involuntarily vaccinating them and putting some at risk of life-threatening complications.. General recommendations are that people who have recently been vaccinated stay out of close contact with others or cover the vaccine site with a bandage, because the virus can be shed from the site for ...
Vaccinia immune globulin (VIG) is made from the pooled blood of individuals who have been inoculated with the smallpox vaccine. The antibodies these individuals developed in response to the smallpox vaccine are removed and purified. This results in VIG. It can be administered intravenously. It is used to treat individuals who have developed progressive vaccinia after smallpox vaccination. It was also used along with cidofovirinfor the 2003 Midwest monkeypox outbreak as concomitant therapy to reduce the serious side effects of smallpox vaccine. For a small percentage of the population, the smallpox vaccine either doesnt "take" or it produces adverse events. These include postvaccinial central nervous system disease, progressive vaccinia, eczema vaccinatum, accidental implantations, "generalized vaccinia," and the common erythematous and/or urticarial rashes. In the late 1940s, Dr. Henry Kempe suggested that the solution to the complications of the smallpox vaccine was to provide antibodies in ...
CDC has developed this policy on unused smallpox vaccine in response to questions raised by several smallpox vaccination programs and to provide a recommendation on maintaining a readiness to respond to an attack involving the use of smallpox. The sections below describe why CDC recommends that all smallpox vaccination programs should continue to maintain unopened vials of Dryvax ® vaccine to assure a readiness to respond to a smallpox outbreak or to continue vaccination activities ...
CDC has developed this policy on unused smallpox vaccine in response to questions raised by several smallpox vaccination programs and to provide a recommendation on maintaining a readiness to respond to an attack involving the use of smallpox. The sections below describe why CDC recommends that all smallpox vaccination programs should continue to maintain unopened vials of Dryvax Æ vaccine to assure a readiness to respond to a smallpox outbreak or to continue vaccination activities ...
The vaccine would be recommended in the event of a smallpox outbreak to protect people in the United States who have weakened immune systems. The full supply of the vaccine will be added to the Strategic National Stockpile, a reserve of large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to protect the American public if there is a public health emergency.. "To protect ourselves from the remote but extremely grave threat of a deliberate release of smallpox virus, we need vaccines that can be safely given to all Americans, including individuals with weakened immune systems," Secretary Leavitt said. "Acquiring a stockpile of this new smallpox vaccine is a key step toward protecting even more members of the American public against a smallpox release.". As part of HHS comprehensive strategy to address the public health threat of a smallpox outbreak, the Strategic National Stockpile currently contains sufficient smallpox vaccine for every American. ...
Smallpox vaccine tests. US virologist Nathaniel Rothstein (left, c.1920-2011) observing a laboratory technician at work in Lagos, Nigeria. She is testing smallpox vaccine vials that contain freshly processed freeze-dried vaccine. The vaccines will be used to immunize the Nigerian population against smallpox. This photograph was taken in 1967 during the Smallpox Eradication Program taking place in West Africa. Smallpox was eradicated after a successful worldwide vaccination program. The last naturally occurring case was in Somalia in 1977. Rothstein worked on this program in West Africa from 1966 to 1971. - Stock Image C011/3614
Currently, smallpox vaccine is stocked in a lyophilized (freeze-dried) state by the CDC.14 Approximately 15 million doses are available in the United States for immunizing military personnel and for controlling a possible outbreak, but this amount is not sufficient for the entire US population. Studies conducted in 2001 suggest that the vaccine may be diluted at least 1:5 to 1:10 and still provide a satisfactory response.7,8 Additionally, a previously unaccounted-for stock of approximately 85 million doses of concentrated smallpox vaccine put aside by Aventis Pasteur (Swiftwater, PA) is still biologically active.15 In addition, the US government has contracted for delivery of approximately 200 million doses of tissue culture-derived vaccinia vaccine, which is currently in production but has not gone through the evaluation steps for approval by the US Food and Drug Administration.. In the event of a known bioterrorist release of smallpox virus, vaccine would be administered to exposed ...
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. Public health departments and the U.S. military have begun the process of vaccinating soldiers and civilian first-responders. Smallpox vaccination carries some serious risks: approximately one in 1 million primary vaccinees and one in 4 million revaccinees will die from adverse vaccine reactions. The most serious side effects of smallpox vaccine include progressive vaccinia, postvaccinial central nervous system disease, and eczema vaccinatum. Some of these reactions can be treated with vaccinia immune globulin or cidofovir. Proper patient screening and site care are essential. Family physicians must learn to screen potential vaccinees for contraindications (e.g., immunodeficiency, immunosuppression, certain skin and eye diseases, pregnancy, lactation, allergy to the vaccine or its components, moderate or severe intercurrent illness)
IMVAMUNE® is a non-replicating strain of vaccinia virus that, unlike conventional smallpox vaccines, does not have the ability to replicate in human cells, thereby eliminating risk of accidental infection. Currently stockpiled smallpox vaccines are based on a replicating form of the vaccinia virus, and are therefore considered inappropriate for up to 25 percent of the population that may be immunocompromised or have other medical conditions that contraindicate a replicating viral vaccine. While studies indicate that IMVAMUNE® is likely to be well tolerated in a broad population, it is currently being stockpiled for emergency use specifically in people with compromised immune systems, e.g. HIV/AIDS patients ...
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Source: Baltimore Sun, March 29, 2003. Researchers seek what links smallpox vaccine, heart ills. Inoculations preceded complaints, deaths; CDC panel offers safeguards By Erika Niedowski, Sun Staff. The search for causal relationships in medicine is nothing new. Researchers routinely toil in labs, hold clinical trials and pore over statistics, trying to learn whether one thing causes another.. Sometimes, the links they anticipate dont turn up. Other times, two events that appear unrelated wind up being connected after all.. Searching is what federal health officials were doing yesterday as they continued to probe whether smallpox vaccine contributed to heart problems reported by seven health care workers and 10 military personnel inoculated under a Bush administration initiative to prepare for a possible attack using biological weapons.. Three individuals, including a Maryland nurse, suffered fatal heart attacks, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that people with ...
A global team of scientists led by Bay Area doctors is studying an unusual new technique - involving, in part, injecting a genetically engineered smallpox vaccine directly into tumors - that they hope will prolong the lives of patients with untreatable liver cancer. If the therapy proves effective, it would be one of only two treatments available for people with liver cancer that has failed to be stopped by traditional chemotherapy and radiation, and for whom removal of the tumor isnt an option. [...] many doctors say the smallpox vaccine looks especially promising, partly because its so effective at targeting and killing cancer cells and partly because decades of immunizations have shown the vaccine to be safe. Liver cancer is notoriously difficult to treat, partly because its so difficult to surgically remove the tumor, doctors say. Since liver cancer starts from cirrhosis, the organ is often heavily scarred and fragile by the time its diagnosed, and it can be impossible to dig out cancer
... As this eMedTV article explains, the vaccine should be avoided by pregnant women, people with skin problems, and people with heart problems. This page also lists some of the risks of the smallpox vaccine.
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Compare the safety and tolerability of four dose levels of ACAM2000 and a standard dose of Dryvax® in healthy adults 18-29 years of age and naïve to smallpox vaccine. Safety and tolerability will be determined by examination of the local cutaneous reaction, adverse events, physical examinations, vital signs, structured interviews, and laboratory analysis ...
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidelines for diagnosing and treating adverse reactions to smallpox vaccination in the preoutbreak setting. Smallpox vaccine is made from live vaccinia virus but does not contain variola virus, which causes smallpox.
In the event of a smallpox outbreak in the United States, how long would it take for a vaccine to start protecting Americans by stimulating an immune response? A new national study led by Saint Louis University School of Medicine will attempt to answer this question.. General routine vaccinations for smallpox were stopped in the United States in 1971, and the world was declared free of smallpox in 1980. But because of the recent concern about biowarfare and bioterrorism throughout the world, the U.S. government is making efforts to improve its ability to protect its citizens in the event of a bioterrorist attack involving the smallpox virus (Variola major virus).. This study at Saint LouisUniversity will look at the ability of an investigational vaccine made by Bavarian Nordic to stimulate the immune system against smallpox.. Vaccines prevent disease by giving the body a jump-start at recognizing the infecting virus or bacteria, said Sharon Frey, MD, the principal investigator for the study at ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - Flow Cytometry and T-Cell Response Monitoring after Smallpox Vaccination. AU - Poccia, Fabrizio. AU - Gioia, Cristiana. AU - Montesano, Carla. AU - Martini, Federico. AU - Horejsh, Douglas. AU - Castilletti, Concetta. AU - Pucillo, Leopoldo Paolo. AU - Capobianchi, Maria Rosaria. AU - Ippolito, Giuseppe. PY - 2003/11. Y1 - 2003/11. N2 - Orthopoxvirus zoonosis or smallpox as result of bioterrorism or biological warfare represents a risk for epidemic spread. By monitoring T-cell responses by flow cytometry, we observed a recall response after recent vaccination against smallpox. When the high similarity between the orthopoxviruses is considered, this rapid assay that uses vaccinia antigens could identify recently exposures.. AB - Orthopoxvirus zoonosis or smallpox as result of bioterrorism or biological warfare represents a risk for epidemic spread. By monitoring T-cell responses by flow cytometry, we observed a recall response after recent vaccination against smallpox. When the ...
Distinguish between common and serious adverse events ... Pustule. Maximum erythema. Scab. Scab separation. Time after Vacc. 3-5 days. 5-8 days. 8-10 days ... – A free PowerPoint PPT presentation (displayed as a Flash slide show) on PowerShow.com - id: 119269-ODM3M
Vaccinia virus (VACV)-DUKE was isolated from a lesion on a 54 year old female who presented to a doctor at the Duke University Medical Center. She was diagnosed with progressive vaccinia and treated with vaccinia immune globulin. The availability of the VACV-DUKE genome sequence permits a first time genomic comparison of a VACV isolate associated with a smallpox vaccine complication with the sequence of culture-derived clonal isolates of the Dryvax vaccine. This study showed that VACV-DUKE is most similar to VACV-ACAM2000 and CLONE3, two VACV clones isolated from the Dryvax® vaccine stock confirming VACV-DUKE as an isolate from Dryvax®. However, VACV-DUKE is unique because it is, to date, the only Dryvax® clone isolated from a patient experiencing a vaccine-associated complication. The 199,960 bp VACV-DUKE genome encodes 225 open reading frames, including 178 intact genes and 47 gene fragments. Between VACV-DUKE and the other Dryvax® isolates, the major genomic differences are in fragmentation of
Smallpox is a highly contagious disease caused by the smallpox virus (variola major or variola minor). Smallpox is often life threatening and causes death in around 30% affected individuals. It is transmitted from person to person by direct contact or by inhaling airborne infected particles called droplet nuclei. Contaminated bed linens or clothing can also spread infection.. Naturally occurring smallpox was eliminated worldwide in late 70s though a worldwide immunization campaign. However, the stockpiles of smallpox virus saved for research purposes may be used as a bioterrorism agent. There is no treatment for smallpox. A vaccine can prevent smallpox but is not usually recommended as it may lead to serious complications in some individuals.. ...
Since the current smallpox vaccine can sicken recipients, and one to two out of every million recipients will die, CDC has been working to ensure public health concerning the vaccine. The Linux Networx computing system increases the agencys capacity to study various aspects of smallpox genomics, and it has already been helpful in ascertaining the usefulness of new vaccines. Linux clustering is a method of linking multiple computers together to form a unified and more powerful system. Linux Networx recently shipped an 11,2 teraFLOPS cluster, which currently ranks as the worlds fastest Linux supercomputer, and the fifth overall fastest supercomputer in the world, according to the TOP500 supercomputing list.. CDC is running multiple alignment programmes on the Linux Networx cluster including ClustalW, Dialign and MGA, to study how the disease functions. The cluster has improved computing performance for the agency, running 45 pairwise genomics alignments in one day compared to two weeks with a ...
WASHINGTON -- Smallpox vaccinations are beginning anew, three decades after the program was halted, as President Bush said the threat of a bioterror attack with the virus is real though not imminent. Bush said Friday he will take the vaccine along with U.S. military forces, and he said the vaccine will be offered to the general public within months. He said, however, he is not recommending it for most Americans, and his family and staff will not be inoculated. Vaccinations for a few dozen military personnel began Friday, and by late January states are expected to begin inoculating medical teams and others who would respond to a smallpox attack. The government will make the vaccine available to the general public on a voluntary basis beginning in late spring or early summer of 2003, more quickly than health advisers preferred. With war in Iraq a growing possibility, Bush said the vaccine will be mandatory for about a half-million U.S. troops in high-risk parts of the world. He noted that the ...
The smallpox vaccine is also exceptional in its frequency and severity of adverse effects. I think that for no disease today would the risks of smallpox vaccine be tolerated - back to the fourth point above, that smallpox was such a terrible disease that people were willing to take the risks of vaccination. 4. There were also a vast number of technical and logistic components that, I think, are mostly applicable to any eradication program (for example, the cost per dose of a vaccine is much less if the vaccine can be prepared in large, multi-dose vials; but that means you need to use the vial up all at once, which means in turn organizing large numbers of vaccination on a single day; and that in turn implies an efficient communication network and so on), and which I wont talk about here. Theres a fascinating review in Henderson, D. A. (1987). Principles and lessons from the smallpox eradication programme. Bull World Health Organ, 65(4), 535-546. if you want to learn more.. "A much greater ...
Gail Carlson, MPH, PhD, Health Education Specialist, University of Missouri Columbia. The simple answer is no. The United States Department of Health and Human Services is not recommending that the general public be vaccinated for smallpox at this time. There is no reason to believe that smallpox presents an immediate threat.. Smallpox is a serious, contagious, and sometimes fatal infectious disease. However, it was basically eliminated from the world in the late 1970s. The last know case of smallpox in this country occurred in 1949. Routine vaccinations ended in 1972 because it was no longer necessary for prevention.. Why all the concern about smallpox? Some laboratory stockpiles of the virus do exist, some outside of this country. Events occurring in the fall of 2001 led to increased concern that the variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox, could be used as a biological agent by terrorists.. As a precautionary measure, the U.S. government is taking steps to deal with a possible smallpox ...
The last naturally occurring case of smallpox occurred in Somalia in 1977. The World Health Organization (WHO) certified that smallpox was eradicated from the world in 1980. Currently, the only known remaining samples of smallpox virus are held at the WHO reference laboratories at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA and the Institute for Viral Preparations in Russia. Although the WHO recommended any remaining virus be destroyed or transferred to its reference laboratories, the possibility that some countries kept stockpiles of the virus cannot be ruled out. Thus, there is concern that smallpox could be a potential agent in a bioterrorism event.. Routine vaccination against smallpox was discontinued in the United States in 1972. Vaccination of the military population ceased in 1989. Currently, routine smallpox vaccination is not recommended for any group. Immunity is thought to wane over time and at this point the entire United States population is believed to be ...
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(CIDRAP News) A test of smallpox vaccine made by Aventis Pasteur in the 1950s show it is still effective even when diluted, suggesting that the United States has more than enough vaccine for everyone, according to a report this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Faden, R.R., Taylor, H.A., Seiler, N.K. (2003). Consent and compensation: A social compact for smallpox vaccine policy in the event of an attack. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 36(12), 1547-1551.. ...
The Danish biotechnology company has been awarded a sole-source BARDA contract valued at more than $539 million for a freeze-dried smallpox vaccine.
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A genetically engineered smallpox vaccine reduced the risk of death for patients with advanced liver cancer by nearly 60 percent in a mid-stage study, prompting the launch of a later-stage trial.
Even though the United States has now undergone grievous terrorist attacks, including even attacks with biological weapons, the CDC, which controls all existing stocks of smallpox vaccine in the country, plans to wait for a smallpox attack to occur, and then to restrict vaccination to the immediate and secondary contacts of infected persons (CDC 2001b). Spokespersons assure us that vaccine could be made available, as needed, anywhere in the country, within hours (Rotz 2001). Such ring vaccination after the fact may have worked well 30 to 40 years ago against natural outbreaks in Third World countries where mobility was limited and considerable immunity from prior infection or vaccination was already present, but will be far less successful against a deliberate attack on our highly mobile and completely susceptible society. Suppose, for example, that a small group surreptitiously released smallpox virus in aerosol form at a few crowded airports. Two weeks later, thousands of cases would ...
Source: Donald A. Henderson, etal, "Smallpox Vaccination in 2003: Key Information for Clinicians," Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol. 36: 883-902, (2003).. Now, four months after the campaign has commenced, impediments to participation have brought it to a virtual standstill. The program has proven to be less popular, medically riskier and more expensive than anticipated. Many health care professionals maintain the benefits of the program do not justify the risks and recommend it be delayed until there is clear evidence a smallpox attack is imminent.[3] Furthermore, more than a dozen states have suspended vaccination until more is learned about its recent link to myocarditis and heart attacks.[4]. What measures can be taken to bolster this policys waning success, and should they be taken? Initiating a large-scale vaccination effort against a disease that is no longer a natural threat presents many challenges for the medical community. A look at the history of smallpox in the U.S. and the ...
The concept of using variola virus in warfare is an old one. British colonial commanders considered distributing blankets from smallpox victims among Native Americans as a biological weapon.(1-3) During the American Civil War, allegations were made about the use of smallpox as a biological weapon, although there subsequently proved to be no definite evidence for such.(4,5) In the years leading up to and during World War II, the Japanese military explored weaponization of smallpox during the operations of Unit 731 in Mongolia and China.(6,7). Nevertheless, the actual potential of variola virus as a biological weapon remains controversial. Given the ease of administration and the availability of the vaccinia virus as a vaccine against smallpox,(8) some have argued that smallpox would have limited biological warfare potential.(9) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia, presently maintains over 12 million doses of vaccinia vaccine in storage, and WHO has in storage ...
DELAND - Called to serve during the Iraq war, Florida National Guardsman Lloyd Clements Jr. had been on active duty only days when he slumped over the steering wheel of a truck.. Clements had suffered a fatal heart attack.. His death, and that of a nurses aide in St. Petersburg and a nurse in Maryland, all within one week in March, occurred after they had received smallpox vaccinations. The three had cardiovascular disease, medical investigators found. The smallpox vaccine was not to blame.. But the deaths dealt a blow to the U.S. governments $600-million plan to defend against a bioterror threat by vaccinating a million soldiers and health care workers. President Bush announced the program in December 2002. By March, 350,000 military personnel and 25,000 health care workers had been vaccinated. When three people died, federal health officials changed who should get the vaccination. Next month, they will meet to talk about what will happen with smallpox vaccinations in 2004.. "We think this ...
The disease has been declared extinct by world health authorities for almost 30 years now, but since Sept. 11 concerns arose over using smallpox and other infections as weapons. With that in mind, the Centers for Disease Control has already stockpiled 192.5 million doses of the vaccine.. Smallpox is caused by the variola virus, which spreads through close contact with infected individuals or contaminated objects. ACAM2000 is made using a pox virus called vaccinia, which is related to but different from the virus that causes smallpox.. ...
A viral infection, smallpox spread along trade routes in Africa, Asia, and Europe, reaching the Americas in the 16th century. Because smallpox requires a human host to survive, it smoldered in densely populated areas, erupting in a full-blown epidemic every ten years or so. Wherever it appeared, smallpox caused blindness, sterility, scarring, and death. In Africa and Asia, smallpox was traditionally contained through variolation-deliberately infecting an individual with a controllable case of smallpox to confer lifelong immunity. Variolation spread from Asia and Africa into Europe and the Americas during the 18th century. This practice had its dangers, as recipients of variolation could develop a full-blown case of smallpox. In 1798, the English physician Edward Jenner developed a safer technique: vaccination with cowpox (vacca is the Latin word for cow). He based his "discovery" on existing folk knowledge but provided scientific proof of its veracity by testing the vaccine on a young child. In ...
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Smallpox is a potentially deadly infectious disease, which has been caused by a poxvirus that is transmitted from person to person that causes high fever, characteristic rash, and may kill about one-third of those infected. Smallpox is the only disease that has been completely wiped out throughout the world. Read out the following lines to know more about the small pox and it symptoms and its remedy.. How Smallpox spread?. Smallpox spreads from one person to another from saliva droplets. It may also be spread from bed sheets and clothing. It is most contagious during the first week of the infection. It may continue to be contagious until the scabs from the rash fall off. The virus can stay alive between 6 and 24 hours. People were once vaccinated against this disease. However, the disease has been mostly wiped out from all over the world.. Symptoms of Smallpox. The following are the symptoms of smallpox that one has to keep in mind. The symptoms include fever, overall discomfort, head ache, ...
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Gigi Kwik of the Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies at Johns Hopkins University explains. Edward Jenner, the English physician who first developed the smallpox vaccine in 1796, believed that vaccination caused a fundamental change in personal constitution and would lead to lifelong immunity to smallpox. Unfortunately, this proved to be incorrect. It is now clear that immunity wanes over time. Exactly how long the vaccine confers protection, however, is difficult to assess. Immunity to smallpox is believed to rest on the development of neutralizing antibodies, levels of which decline five to 10 years after vaccination. This has never been satisfactorily determined, though. And because smallpox has been eradicated in the wild, correlating antibody levels with susceptibility is not possible. Revisiting historical data is difficult because of incomplete information in a number of areas. These include how many times the subjects were vaccinated (revaccination produces longer-lasting immunity), ...
Responses to Smallpox Vaccine. Frelinger, Jeffrey A.; Garba, Mohammed L. // New England Journal of Medicine;8/29/2002, Vol. 347 Issue 9, p689 A letter to the editor is presented in response to the article "Clinical Responses to Undiluted and Diluted Smallpox Vaccine," by S.E. Frey, R.B. Couch and C.O. Tacket in the April 25, 2002 issue. ...