Medical News Summary: People with certain conditions should be wary of smallpox vaccines


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About: People with certain conditions should be wary of smallpox vaccines
Date: 28 January 2005
Source: Health Day News
Author: Robert Preidt
Medical News Summary (summary of medical news story as reported by Health Day News): A report published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology suggested that people with certain skin disorders (eczema, atopic dermatitis), a weakened immune system or who take high-dose corticosteroids may put themselves at greater risk of complications if they have the live-virus smallpox vaccine. Mortality rates among children with atopic dermatitis are highest in those under 5 years. Atopic dermatitis sufferers face a greater risk of developing vaccinia infections. They are also more likely to spread the virus. It is also important for people to avoid having the smallpox vaccine if someone in their household has a compromised immune system as the vaccinated person can transmit the virus through intimate contact.
URL: http://www.forbes.com/lifestyle/health/feeds/hscout/2005/01/28/hscout523665.html
Related Disease Topics: Smallpox, Allergy, Compromised immune system, vaccine complications, Eczema, Atopic dermatitis (type of Eczema), Vaccinia infections, Virus

Related Medical News Channels: This medical news summary article refers to the following medical channel categories:
  • Infectious disease
  • research and smallpox
  • research and allergy
  • Research and compromised immune system
  • Research and vaccine complications
  • research and eczema
  • research and atopic dermatitis
  • Research and vaccinia infections
  • research and virus
  • risk and smallpox
  • risk and allergy
  • Risk and compromised immune system
  • Risk and vaccine complications
  • risk and eczema
  • risk and atopic dermatitis
  • Risk and vaccinia infections
  • risk and virus
  • medication and smallpox
  • medication and allergy
  • Medication and compromised immune system
  • Medication and vaccine complications
  • medication and eczema
  • medication and atopic dermatitis
  • Medication and vaccinia infections
  • medication and virus
  • Medication
  • Research
  • Cause of vaccine complications
  • Cause of vaccinia infection

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