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Toddler Infected With Rare Side Effect Of Smallpox Vaccination Recovering

The quote there is nothing as lovely as the feet of those who bring good tidings, could not be more apt . There is finally, good news from the University of Chicago Comer Childrens Hospital, which was witness to one of the most horrific side effects of the smallpox vaccine, and unfortunately, on a toddler, of 2 years.

The little boy spent seven weeks in the hospital and nearly died from a viral infection he got from the smallpox vaccination his father had received, before he had shipped out to Iraq on a military mission.

The U.S soldier passed on a rare side effect of the smallpox vaccination - eczema vaccinatum to his 2-year-old son.

The boy, who lives in Indiana and has now recovered, became ill in early March, two weeks after his fathers deployment was delayed, and he was allowed to make a trip home. Apparently, the father passed on the virus to his son, during this period.

Over the next few weeks, the boy suffered kidney failure and lost most of his skin to the disease, eczema vaccinatum. Experts say the father, who had eczema in childhood, should never have been given the vaccine because that fact made him more susceptible to side effects like vaccinia infection. And they said military doctors should have been doubly cautious because the son, too, suffered from eczema and would have been highly susceptible to infection. Military procedures call for asking about such conditions in soldiers and their families.

Vaccinia is the live virus used in smallpox vaccine. After vaccination, the body develops a resistance to vaccinia, a disease that is generally milder than smallpox, and the resistance also works against smallpox. The injection site can spread the vaccinia virus, however, and people without strong immune systems are particularly susceptible.

Smallpox was officially declared eradicated by the World Health Organization in 1979, and inoculation of military personnel was suspended in 1
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