Active telephone surveillance to evaluate adverse events among civilian smallpox vaccine recipients.

National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA.
Vaccine (Impact Factor: 3.49). 01/2006; 24(4):476-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2005.07.089
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ABSTRACT Better characterize and monitor adverse events following Dryvax vaccinia vaccination in civilian health care workers and other first responders.
Telephone interviews to ascertain adverse events experienced.
Eight hundred twenty-five vaccinees, including 44 in the comparison group, were interviewed. At 10 days, 71.4% reported blisters, 35.1% reported bumps at the vaccination site, 48.5% swelling, 47.3% scab, tiredness/lethargy/fatigue (43.6%), headache (34.2%), lymph node swelling/tenderness (28.5%), muscle pain (23.1%), chills (14.4%), joint pain 11.8%, and fever >100 degrees F (12.5%). The 12.5% reported missing work because of vaccine adverse events. Most adverse events were anticipated and of short duration.

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