Video: Decision Point for the Smallpox Vaccine Candidate

Presented by Julie Gerberding, Director of CDC

Since this video was produced, evidence has emerged suggesting that smallpox vaccination may cause cases of heart inflammation (myocarditis), inflammation of the membrane covering the heart (pericarditis), and a combination of these two problems (myopericarditis). A few cases of heart pain (angina) and heart attack also have been reported following smallpox vaccination. It is not known at this time if smallpox vaccination causes angina or heart attacks. If you have been diagnosed by a doctor as having heart disease or risk factors for heart disease, and have concerns, contact your heart disease specialist or your regular health care provider. All people with heart disease or risk factors should receive the routine care recommended for persons with these conditions.

This video is intended as an aid to prospective vaccinees who are deciding whether to receive the vaccination.

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