- Very bad heart problems like swelling of the heart tissue have happened with this vaccine. This can lead to a heartbeat that does not feel normal and sometimes death. Some health problems can raise the chance of these effects. Tell the doctor about all current or past health problems. Call the doctor right away if chest pain or pressure, fast heartbeat, a heartbeat that does not feel normal, or breathing problems happen.
- Very bad health problems have happened with this drug. These include swelling of the brain or spinal cord, eye problems, allergic reactions, very bad skin problems, and vaccine site infections. These health problems can lead to disability or problems that may not go away, like blindness. Sometimes, they can lead to death. The chance is raised in infants younger than 12 months. Some health problems can raise the chance of these effects. Tell the doctor if your child has a weak immune system or if your child takes drugs to weaken the immune system. Tell the doctor if your child has ever had heart disease or skin problems like eczema. Tell the doctor if your child has eye disease and uses steroid eye drops or ointment.
- This vaccine is a live virus. It can spread to other parts of the body. It can also spread to other people until the vaccine scab falls off (2 to 4 weeks after getting the vaccine). If the virus is spread to another person, it can cause very bad and life-threatening side effects. Talk with the doctor.
If your child is pregnant:
- Use of this drug during pregnancy has caused smallpox infection and death in the unborn baby. If your child is pregnant, talk with the doctor. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this vaccine while your child is pregnant.
- It is used to prevent smallpox infection.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If your child has a weak immune system.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
- This drug may not protect all people who use it. Talk with the doctor.
- This drug may affect certain lab tests. Be sure the doctor and lab workers know your child takes this drug.
- You must take care of the vaccine site to prevent spread of the virus. Very bad effects and death have happened in other people who have come into contact with the vaccine site. Have your child wear certain types of bandages to cover the whole vaccine site. If you are not sure which type of bandage to use, talk with the doctor. Have your child wear sleeves to cover the site.
- Wear gloves when you change bandages. Throw away the gloves and used bandages in sealed or double plastic bags. You may add some bleach to the bag to kill the virus.
- Wash your hands well after changing the bandage. Wash your hands well after any other contact with the vaccine site.
- Do not let your child donate blood or an organ for at least 30 days after getting this vaccine.
- Do not put creams or ointments on the vaccine site. Do not let your child scratch or pick at the vaccine site.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Change in eyesight.
- Loss of eyesight.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Very bad irritation where the shot was given.
- If bright lights bother your child’s eyes.
- A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if your child has signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in the mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
- Irritation where the shot is given.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Feeling hot.
- Upset stomach.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Swollen gland.
- Your child’s doctor will give this drug.
- Call your child’s doctor to find out what to do.
- This drug will be given to you in a hospital or doctor’s office. You will not store it at home.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.
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