Please describe your experience with smallpox. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Karen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I had smallpox vaccine at age 2. I'm 57 years old now. Mine was on my right buttock cheek. For years now, when I start feeling run down the site becomes tender, and itching. If I scratch, pustules filled with liquid form. I have to be careful not to transfer as it is in a delicate area. It lasts for 7 to 10 days and scars.

Comment from: Fleurdalisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I received the smallpox vaccine as a child. It left an indented pock mark. Whenever I receive any other kind of vaccination- the flu shot, TDaP, pneumococcal vaccine, etc., the smallpox scar becomes red, swollen and hot to the touch. The scar becomes raised, and swells to the shape of a finger. It actually hurts more than the actual vaccine I just received. I wonder why.

Comment from: Just Judy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

I had the smallpox vaccine at the age of 2 years old. That was 60 years ago. I received it on my upper thigh. It began itching badly about a month ago and now had one in the scar of the smallpox and three within inches of it. The pustules lasted about a week and they are now scarring. I got it from having a lowered immune system. When they gave the vaccine they used glass pipets that had the live virus in there. There always was some lumps in my leg which felt like hard pimples. It was encased live virus that was dormant until I started to scratch the area and broke it open.


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