Smallpox - Topic Overview
Because there are risks of a serious reaction from the
vaccine, routine smallpox immunization doesn't occur. All children and most
adults in the U.S. today have a chance of getting infected if they are
exposed to the smallpox virus.
Since the September 2001 terrorist
attacks on the U.S., more vaccine has been made. The U.S. government has enough
smallpox vaccine for all Americans in case of an outbreak.1
The smallpox vaccine is recommended for laboratory workers who handle the vaccinia virus, for members of smallpox response teams, and for
certain people in the military. For accurate, up-to-date information, visit the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) website at www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox.