Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: In response to Dr Fulginiti, reintroduction
of smallpox vaccination in the United States has generated many important
questions about its safety. Many of these have been answered through critical
and scientific review of data from recent trials as well as the civilian and
military vaccination experience by experts in the field, as is in the recent
review on transmission of vaccinia by Fulginiti and Lane.1 As
more concerns arise about smallpox vaccination, answering these questions
in a controlled, hypothesis-driven manner is vital to ensure this vaccine's
appropriate use in the event further vaccination will be needed.
Talbot TR, Edwards KM. Risks of Smallpox Vaccination—ReplyRisks of Smallpox Vaccination—Reply. JAMA. 2003;290(11):1452. doi:10.1001/jama.290.11.1452-a