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Letters
February 19, 2003

Risk of Cutaneous Vaccinia From Health Care Workers Who Receive Smallpox VaccineRisk of Cutaneous Vaccinia From Health Care Workers Who Receive Smallpox Vaccine

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(7):844-845. doi:10.1001/jama.289.7.844

To the Editor: In their discussion of the risk of contact vaccinia spread from individuals who receive smallpox vaccine, Dr Neff and colleagues1 only briefly discussed the risk to patients from health care workers who have been recently vaccinated. Scrupulous hand hygiene among vaccine recipients will be important in preventing vaccinia transmission; however, it is not clear that this would entirely negate the risk of transmission.

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