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Can smallpox be prevented?

Vaccination is the only way to prevent smallpox. The World Health Organization began a worldwide vaccination program to eliminate smallpox in 1967. The last case was recorded in 1977. After that, people no longer needed to be vaccinated for the disease.

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Is smallpox fatal?
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Is smallpox serious?
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