search    contact us
THE DANGER
THE VACCINE
THE PRIORITY
THE STRATEGY
adverse event info
education toolkit
resource center
my vaccination
smallpox overview

Last Updated:
17 Apr 14

header image    sitemap    home
title
seperator
  arrow Department of Defense
seperator
  arrow Federal Government
seperator


The government has been preparing for some time for the remote possibility of an outbreak of smallpox as an act of terror.
dots


  • Those preparations quickened after September 11, 2001. Although we are planning for this possibility to protect public health, we have no indication that there is an imminent threat.


  • If there is an outbreak of smallpox, post-outbreak vaccinations may only be required in the area around the outbreak to contain the spread. If health officials are not able to contain the outbreak, vaccination of a wider group of people may be needed.


  • One suspected case of smallpox is considered a public health emergency. Smallpox surveillance in the United States includes detecting a suspected case or cases and preventing further smallpox transmission. A suspected smallpox case should be reported immediately by telephone to health officials.


Thank you for taking the tour (Back to Start)