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March 1968

News and Notes

Arch Dermatol. 1968;97(3):344-345. doi:10.1001/archderm.1968.01610090116023

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Complications of Vaccination Against Smallpox.—  There is a need for data on the incidence of complications of smallpox vaccination in the United States, as well as data on the clinical manifestations of the various types of complications. During 1968, the National Health Survey will estimate the numbers of vaccinations performed by the age and immune status of the vaccinee. The Smallpox Eradication Program of the National Communicable Disease Center will use this opportunity to estimate the risks of vaccination in this country. Previous studies of the risks of vaccination have been of limited value because of the inadequacy of the reporting sources. The British have had success with soliciting reports directly from dermatologists, who see many of the more severe complications of vaccination. However, their studies were limited by the lack of a reliable estimate of the numbers of vaccinations performed and whether they were primary or revaccinations.During the

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