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Dryvax Side Effects

Generic name: smallpox vaccine

Note: This document contains side effect information about smallpox vaccine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Dryvax.

Applies to smallpox vaccine: percutaneous powder for injection

Local

Very common (10% or more): Injection site pruritus (92%), injection site erythema (74%), injection site pain (67%), injection site swelling (48%)[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Headache (50%)

Frequency not reported: Encephalitis, encephalomyelitis, encephalopathy[Ref]

Other

Very common (10% or more): Fatigue (48%), malaise (37%), feeling hot (32%), rigors (21%), exercise tolerance decreased (11%)[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Frequency not reported: Myocarditis, pericarditis, ischemic heart disease, non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy[Ref]

Dermatologic

Very common (10% or more): Erythema (22%), rash (11%)

Frequency not reported: Erythema multiforme major (including Stevens-Johnson syndrome)[Ref]

Musculoskeletal

Very common (10% or more): Myalgia (46%)[Ref]

Hematologic

Very common (10% or more): Lymph node pain (57%)

Common (1% to 10%): Lymphadenopathy[Ref]

Ocular

Frequency not reported: Ocular complications, blindness[Ref]

Immunologic

Frequency not reported: Generalized vaccinia, severe vaccinial skin infections, eczema vaccinatum[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Nausea (19%), diarrhea (16%)

Common (1% to 10%): Constipation, vomiting[Ref]

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Dyspnea[Ref]

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on May 3, 2021.

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References

1. "Product Information. ACAM2000 (smallpox vaccine)." Emergent BioSolutions Inc., Lansing, MI.

Further information

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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.