The smallpox vaccination is, for the most part, rather 'non-invasive'. The vaccine is not given with a hypodermic needle, but merely involves a pricking of the skin, a number of times in a few seconds, with a bifurcated, two-prong needle. The bifurcated needle is dipped into the vaccine solution, and when it's removed, the needle retains a droplet of the vaccine. The pricking is not deep, but it will cause a sore spot, and one or two droplets of blood to form. The vaccine usually is given in the upper arm, but may be given in a forearm region. This boy was emotionally demonstrative after having received his left forearm vaccination.
CDC/ World Health Organization; Stanley O. Foster M.D., M.P.H.
November 26, 2012
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