Continuing mortality and morbidity from smallpox vaccination.Br Med J 1979; 1 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.1.6175.1398 (Published 26 May 1979) Cite this as: Br Med J 1979;1:1398
- G C Du Mont,
- R C Beach
Three cases of cross-infection after smallpox vaccination are described, in two of which the outcome was fatal. Probably all occurred because simple precautions were not observed at the time of vaccination--for example, exclusion of contraindications and warnings about risks. If those countries still requiring evidence of vaccination for entry were to abolish this rule, however, the risk of cross-infection could be eliminated. Vaccinating a person with contraindications is justified only when exposure to smallpox has occurred.