EXPOSURE SAFETY: Administering smallpox vaccine: A two-pronged risk

January 2004 
Volume 34  Number 1
Pages 30 - 30


ADMINISTERING SMALLPOX vaccine doubles your risks: exposure to the patient’s blood and body fluids and exposure to vaccinia (the virus in the vaccine) through an accidental needle stick or inadvertent inoculation. Related to the smallpox virus, live vaccinia poses a risk of mild to life-threatening adverse reactions if you’re accidentally inoculated.

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