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Smallpox - Vaccine Safety
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Risks vs Benefit

  1. What are the risks of being vaccinated versus not being vaccinated with smallpox vaccine?
    The risk of smallpox vaccination is associated with potential side effects listed in the package insert, which are usually mild and temporary. The benefit of being vaccinated is the avoidance of contracting actual smallpox disease from a known or unknown exposure to the smallpox virus. The odds that smallpox would be used as a bio-weapon cannot be known with certainty.