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Why should I avoid the smallpox vaccine if I have eczema?

If you have ever been diagnosed with eczema you should avoid taking the current smallpox vaccination. Exposure to the smallpox virus in the vaccine can cause serious complications according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. You should also avoid close contact with anyone who has recently been vaccinated. The results of doing so have been fatal in some cases.

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