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Smallpox : People with known cardiac disease should not be vaccinated
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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ; United States. Environmental Protection Agency. ;
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    Wednesday, March 26, 2003, 12:10 EST (12:10 AM EST)

    CDCHAN -00129-03-03-26-ADV-N

    CDC has received reports (described below) of cardiac events following smallpox vaccinations. Although it is unclear whether or not there is any association between smallpox vaccination and other cardiac events, CDC recommends, as a precautionary measure, that persons with known cardiac disease (e.g., cardiomyopathy, previous myocardial infarction, history of angina, or other evidence of coronary artery disease) not be vaccinated as response team members in the smallpox pre-event vaccination program at this time. This exclusion may be removed as more information becomes available. Vaccination of other persons should be continued as planned.

    In addition, data from recent smallpox vaccinations have been found to be consistent with a causal association between vaccination and myopericarditis. Persons receiving smallpox vaccine should be informed that myopericarditis is a potential complication of smallpox vaccination and that they should seek medical attention if they develop chest pain, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of cardiac disease within two weeks after vaccination.

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