If I am pregnant, is it safe to take Smallpox vaccine?

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Women who are pregnant should not get the smallpox vaccine. It does not seem to cause birth defects, but the fetus may become infected. If you are breastfeeding, you also should not get the vaccine. It is also recommended that children under the age of 12 months should not be vaccinated.

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