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Smallpox Shots can Spread

Two women developed infections after touching their eyes after contact with soldiers who were vaccinated against smallpox. Health authorities say you should keep the spot where you were inoculated covered and avoid touching the skin and the bandages that cover it. The smallpox vaccine is made with a live virus called vaccinia, which can cause illness if it moves from the inoculation site to another part of your body or to someone else. This is important to remember in case the vaccinations are given to the general public in the future.

Both women have been treated and are expected to recover. One slept with a soldier, the other handled another soldier's bandages. So if you're in love with a soldier, mailman or politician, make sure he keeps his vaccination covered.

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