Joined: 05 Mar 2003
dose of smallpox vaccine
During the March 5 program, it was stated that smallpox first timers only needed 3 insertions with the bifurcated needle, and revaccinators needed 15.
Here is the CDC statement to the contrary.
The committee affirmed the recommendation that 15 insertions [on January 29, 2003, ACIP recommended that smallpox vaccine be given in accordance with the package insert, with 3 insertions of the bifurcated needle for primary vaccination and 15 insertions for revaccination] of the bifurcated needle be used for both primary vaccination and revaccination. Although the FDA package insert recommends 2 to 3 insertions for primary vaccinations, the committee based its recommendation on experience gained during the global eradication program and recent smallpox vaccine clinical trials.