Prevention Against Smallpox
You can protect yourself and your family during a smallpox outbreak by:
- Staying informed. Listen to the news to learn how the outbreak is affecting your community. Public health officials will share important information, including areas where smallpox cases have been found, whom to call, and where to go if you think you have been exposed to smallpox.
- Following the instructions of public health authorities.
- Staying away from, and keeping your children away from, anyone who might have smallpox. This is especially important if you or your children have not been vaccinated.
- Staying away from others if you think you have been exposed to smallpox. It is important to call your health department or healthcare provider immediately; they will tell you where to go.