?Health Providers and Pts post-vaccination
I hope someone can clear something up for me. I do understand that after smallpox immunization there is a risk of vaccinia transmission to oneself as well as to close contacts with risk of significant adverse effects in those with immunodeficiency or specific skin conditions.
Since I've started working at the local county health dept, I've heard from some physicians and EMS workers that if a health care provider is vaccinated they are essentially "out of commission" and cannot have patient contact for 14 days. I've not heard of this (and do not understand if the patients are not in the high risk category) and do not know what document(s) this is coming from. If the statement is true, could you tell me from where/who this recommendation comes?
I surely appreciate any information you can provide. As I am new to civilian public health, I am sort of behind the power curve at the present time (but am reading and researching as much as possible!)