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Smallpox monkeypox vaccine, live Non-replicating (By injection)

Smallpox Monkeypox Vaccine, Live Non-Replicating (SMAWL-pox MUN-kee-pox vak-SEEN, lyve non - REP-li-kay-ting)

Prevents smallpox and monkeypox infection.

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There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This vaccine is not right for everyone. You should not receive it if you had an allergic reaction to smallpox or monkeypox.

How to Use This Medicine:

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
  • This vaccine requires 2 doses that are given 4 weeks apart. If you miss the second shot, call your doctor to make another appointment as soon as possible.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Tell your doctor if you are using medicine that weakens the immune system, including cancer medicine, steroids, or radiation treatment.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a cancer, HIV/AIDS, or a weak immune system.
  • This vaccine may not protect everyone completely.
  • Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Cough, trouble breathing
  • Fever, chills, unusual tiredness or weakness

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Headache, nausea
  • Muscle pain
  • Pain, redness, itching, swelling, rash, or a lump where the shot was given

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 5/1/2020

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