Smallpox

SMALLPOX – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS, PLEASE SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION NOW:

• High fever
• Extreme fatigue
• Head and backaches
• Possible vomiting
• Rash that turns into pus-filled lesions

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS BEEN EXPOSED, SEEK PREVENTIVE CARE. PREVENTIVE CARE IS A VACCINATION.

ITEMS TO BRING TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH DISPENSING SITE:

• List of any prescription or over-the-counter medications, supplements or vitamins now being taken
• List of any medical conditions
• List of allergies
• Identification

Health professionals stress that those seeking care are not required to have an ID or records to receive medication. If this information is available, it will help caregivers provide the most effective medication possible and help guard against allergic and adverse reactions to medication prescribed or administered.

FOLLOW POST-VACCINATION INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.

FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

• SMALLPOX is very contagious but CANNOT be caught from animals or insects.

• SMALLPOX is most contagious when its rash appears; however, it is sometimes contagious in its early stages usually marked by fever and body aches, sometimes vomiting.

• SMALLPOX can be spread through breathing, coughing or sneezing. It also can be spread through direct contact with infected body fluids of those who are sick or from contaminated objects such as bed linens and clothing.

• Wash hands frequently.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SMALLPOX, CONTACT:
• Local media for continuing updates

• Texas Department of State Health Services
Web site: www.dshs.state.tx.us

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Public Response Hotline
888-246-2675 (English)
888-246-2857 (Español)
888-874-2646 (TTY)

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Web site: www.cdc.gov

• Local Contact
Curt Joiner
Jasper Newton County Public Health District
139 West Lamar
Jasper, Texas 75951
409-384-6829 ext 248