Smallpox Vaccine

Number: 0644


  1. Aetna considers pre-exposure immunization with smallpox vaccine a medically necessary preventive service in instances where public health authorities advise that such vaccination is necessary.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) currently recommends pre-exposure smallpox vaccination for any of the following groups:

    1. Laboratory workers who directly handle non-highly attenuated smallpox virus cultures or materials and those who work with animals contaminated or infected with these virusesFootnotes for coverage of vaccinations*; or
    2. Persons pre-designated by public health authorities to conduct investigational and follow-up of initial smallpox cases that would necessitate direct patient contactFootnotes for coverage of vaccinations*; or
    3. Selected personnel in facilities pre-designated to serve as referral centers to provide care for the initial cases of smallpoxFootnotes for coverage of vaccinations*.

    The ACIP states that vaccination can be offered to other healthcare workers who are in contact with materials (e.g., dressings) contaminated with non-highly attenuated vaccinia virusFootnotes for coverage of vaccinations*.  Re-vaccination may be medically necessary as frequently as every 3 years.

  2. Smallpox vaccination of the general population has no proven value.  Because the risk of smallpox due to intentional release of a biologic agent is currently considered low, the ACIP does not recommend vaccination of the general population, because the potential benefits of vaccination do not outweigh the risks of vaccine complications.

  3. Aetna considers smallpox vaccine medically necessary for treatment of persons who have or may have been exposed to smallpox or other non-highly attenuated vaccinia virus.  The ACIP recommends post-exposure vaccination for persons who have or may have been recently been exposed to smallpox.

Footnotes for coverage of vaccinations*Note: Most plans exclude coverage of vaccinations required for work or travel.  Please check benefit plan descriptions for details.

Note: The CDC is the only source of vaccinia vaccine and vaccinia immunoglobulin for civilians.

Notes: Tuberculin skin test (TST) should not be performed until 4 weeks after smallpox vaccination.  Breast-feeding is a contraindication for smallpox vaccination of the mother because of the theoretical risk for contact transmission from mother to infant.  Individuals who have recently received smallpox vaccine should be deferred as donors of assisted reproductive technology.


Smallpox is transmitted from an infected person once a rash appears.  Transmission does not occur during the prodromal period that precedes the rash.  Infection is transmitted by large droplet nuclei and only rarely has airborne transmission been documented.  Epidemiologic studies have shown that smallpox has a lower rate of transmission than diseases such as measles, pertussis, and influenza.  The greatest risk of infection occurs among household members and close contacts of persons with smallpox, especially those with prolonged face-to-face exposure.  Vaccination and isolation of contacts of cases at greatest risk of infection has been shown to interrupt transmission of smallpox.  However, poor infection control practices resulted in high rates of transmission in hospitals.

The primary strategy to control an outbreak of smallpox and interrupt disease transmission is surveillance and containment, which includes ring vaccination and isolation of persons at risk of contracting smallpox.  This strategy involves identification of infected persons through intensive surveillance, isolation of infected persons, vaccination of household contacts and other close contacts of infected persons (i.e., primary contacts), and vaccination of household contacts of the primary contacts (i.e., secondary contacts).  This strategy was instrumental in the ultimate eradication of smallpox as a naturally occurring disease even in areas that had low vaccination coverage.

Depending upon the size of the smallpox outbreak and the resources that were available for rapid and thorough contact tracing, surveillance and containment activities in areas with identified smallpox cases was sometimes supplemented with voluntary vaccination of other individuals.  This was done in order to expand the ring of immune individuals within an outbreak area and to further reduce the chance of secondary transmission from smallpox patients before they could be identified and isolated.  Regardless of the geographic distribution, number of cases, or number of concurrent outbreaks, surveillance and containment activities remained the primary disease control strategy.

In June 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended smallpox vaccination for laboratory workers who directly handle cultures or animals contaminated or infected with, non-highly attenuated vaccinia virus, recombinant vaccinia viruses derived from non-highly attenuated vaccinia strains, or other Orthopoxviruses that infect humans (e.g., monkeypox, cowpox, vaccinia, and variola).  Other health-care workers (e.g., physicians and nurses) whose contact with non-highly attenuated vaccinia viruses is limited to contaminated materials (e.g., dressings) but who adhere to appropriate infection control measures are at lower risk for inadvertent infection than laboratory workers.  However, because a theoretical risk for infection exists, vaccination can be offered to this group.  Vaccination is not recommended for persons who do not directly handle non-highly attenuated virus cultures or materials or who do not work with animals contaminated or infected with these viruses.

In June 2002, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) also recommended smallpox vaccination for persons pre-designated by the appropriate bioterrorism and public health authorities to conduct investigation and follow-up of initial smallpox cases that would necessitate direct patient contact.

To enhance public health preparedness and response for smallpox control, specific teams at the federal, state and local level should be established to investigate and facilitate the diagnostic work-up of the initial suspect case(s) of smallpox and initiate control measures.  These Smallpox Response Teams might include persons designated as medical team leader, public health advisor, medical epidemiologists, disease investigators, diagnostic laboratory scientist, nurses, personnel who would administer smallpox vaccines, and security/law enforcement personnel.  Such teams may also include medical personnel who would assist in the evaluation of suspected smallpox cases.

The ACIP recommends that each state and territory establish and maintain at least 1 Smallpox Response Team.  Considerations for additional teams should take into account population and geographical considerations and should be developed in accordance with federal, state, and local bioterrorism plans.

The ACIP recommends smallpox vaccination for selected personnel in facilities pre-designated to serve as referral centers to provide care for the initial cases of smallpox.  These facilities would be pre-designated by the appropriate bioterrorism and public health authorities, and personnel within these facilities would be designated by the hospital.

As outlined in the CDC Interim Smallpox Response Plan and Guidelines, state bioterrorism response plans should designate initial smallpox isolation and care facilities (e.g., type C facilities).  In turn, these facilities should pre-designate individuals who would care for the initial smallpox cases.  To staff augmented medical response capabilities, additional personnel should be identified and trained to care for smallpox patients.

According to data regarding the persistence of neutralizing antibody after vaccination, persons working with non-highly attenuated vaccinia viruses, recombinant viruses developed from non-highly attenuated vaccinia viruses, or other non-variola Orthopoxviruses should be re-vaccinated at least every 10 years.  To ensure an increased level of protection against more virulent non-variola Orthopoxviruses (e.g., monkeypox), empiric re-vaccination every 3 years can be considered.

Although use of biological agents is an increasing threat, use of conventional weapons (e.g., explosives) is still considered more likely in terrorism scenarios.  Moreover, use of smallpox virus as a biological weapon might be less likely than other biological agents because of its restricted availability; however, its use would have substantial public health consequences.  Therefore, in support of current public health bioterrorism preparedness efforts, the ACIP has developed the following recommendations if this unlikely event occurs.

The risk for smallpox occurring as a result of a deliberate release by terrorists is considered low, and the population at risk for such an exposure can not be determined. Therefore, pre-exposure vaccination is not recommended for any group other than laboratory or medical personnel working with non-highly attenuated Orthopoxviruses (see the section titled "Routine Non-emergency Vaccine Use").

Recommendations regarding pre-exposure vaccination should be on the basis of a calculable risk assessment that considers the risk for disease and the benefits and risks regarding vaccination.  Because the current risk for exposure is considered low, the ACIP has determined that the benefits of vaccination do not outweigh the risk regarding vaccine complications.  If the potential for an intentional release of smallpox virus increases later, pre-exposure vaccination might become indicated for selected groups (e.g., medical and public health personnel or laboratorians) who would have an identified higher risk for exposure because of work-related contact with smallpox patients or infectious materials.

If an intentional release of smallpox (variola) virus does occur, vaccinia vaccine will be recommended for certain groups.  According to the ACIP, groups for whom vaccination would be indicated include:

  • Laboratory personnel involved in the collection or processing of clinical specimens from confirmed or suspected smallpox patients.
  • Personnel involved in the direct medical or public health evaluation, care, or transportation of confirmed or suspected smallpox patients.
  • Persons who had face-to-face, household, or close-proximity contact (less than 6.5 feet or 2 meters) with a confirmed or suspected smallpox patient at any time from the onset of the patient's fever until all scabs have separated.
  • Persons who were exposed to the initial release of the virus.
  • Other persons who have an increased likelihood of contact with infectious materials from a smallpox patient (e.g., personnel responsible for medical waste disposal, linen disposal or disinfection, and room disinfection in a facility where smallpox patients are present).

Using recently vaccinated personnel (i.e., less than 3 years) for patient care activities would be the best practice.  However, because recommendations for routine smallpox vaccination in the United States were rescinded in 1971 and smallpox vaccination is currently recommended only for specific groups, having recently vaccinated personnel available in the early stages of a smallpox emergency would be unlikely.  Smallpox vaccine can prevent or decrease the severity of clinical disease, even when administered 3 to 4 days after exposure to the smallpox virus.  Preferably, healthy persons with no contraindications to vaccination, who can be vaccinated immediately before patient contact or very soon after patient contact (i.e., less than 3 days), should be selected for patient care activities or activities involving potentially infectious materials.  Persons who have received a previous vaccination (i.e., childhood vaccination or vaccination more than 3 years before) against smallpox might demonstrate a more accelerated immune response after re-vaccination than those receiving a primary vaccination.  If possible, these persons should be re-vaccinated and assigned to patient care activities in the early stages of a smallpox outbreak until additional personnel can be successfully vaccinated.

Children who have had a definite risk regarding exposure to smallpox (i.e., face-to-face, household, or close-proximity contact with a smallpox patient) should be vaccinated regardless of age.  Pregnant women who have had a definite exposure to smallpox virus (i.e., face-to-face, household, or close-proximity contact with a smallpox patient) and are, therefore, at high-risk for contracting the disease, should also be vaccinated.  Smallpox infection among pregnant women has been reported to result in a more severe infection than among non-pregnant women.  Therefore, the risks to the mother and fetus from experiencing clinical smallpox substantially outweigh any potential risks regarding vaccination.  In addition, vaccinia virus has not been documented to be teratogenic, and the incidence of fetal vaccinia is low.  When the level of exposure risk is undetermined, the decision to vaccinate should be made after assessment by the clinician and patient of the potential risks versus the benefits of smallpox vaccination.

In a post-release setting, vaccination might be initiated also for other groups whose unhindered function is deemed essential to the support of response activities (e.g., selected law enforcement, emergency response, or military personnel) and who are not otherwise engaged in patient care activities but who have a reasonable probability of contact with smallpox patients or infectious materials.  If vaccination of these groups is initiated by public health authorities, only personnel with no contraindications to vaccination should be vaccinated before initiating activities that could lead to contact with suspected smallpox patients or infectious materials.  Steps should be taken (e.g., re-assignment of duties) to prevent contact of any un-vaccinated personnel with infectious smallpox patients or materials.

Because of increased transmission rates that have been described in previous outbreaks of smallpox involving aerosol transmission in hospital settings, potential vaccination of non-direct hospital contacts should be evaluated by public health officials.  Because hospitalized patients might have other contraindications to vaccination (e.g., immunosuppression), vaccination of these non-direct hospital contacts should occur after prudent evaluation of the hospital setting with determination of the exposure potential through the less-common aerosol transmission route.

Vaccinia vaccine should not be used therapeutically for any reason.  No evidence exists that vaccinia vaccine has any value in treating or preventing recurrent herpes simplex infection, warts, or any disease other than those caused by human Orthopoxviruses.  Misuse of vaccinia vaccine to treat herpes infections has been associated with severe complications, including death.

The CDC is the only source of vaccinia vaccine and vaccinia immunoglobulin for civilians.  It will provide vaccinia vaccine to protect laboratory and other health-care personnel whose occupations place them at risk for exposure to vaccinia and other closely related Orthopoxviruses, including vaccinia recombinants.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) stated that although there is presently no definitive evidence linking vaccinia virus transmission through reproductive cells, they recommended that practitioners of assisted reproductive technology consider deferring donors who have recently received smallpox vaccine or contracted symptomatic vaccinia virus infection through close contact with a vaccine recipient (until after the vaccine or infectious scab has spontaneously separated).  ARSM/SART also stated that good donor practice further suggests that donors who are not in good health, including those with recent complications from smallpox vaccine, should be similarly deferred (2006).

On September 1, 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that it has licensed ACAM2000, a new vaccine that can protect against smallpox.  Currently, no FDA-approved treatment for smallpox exists, and the only prevention for the disease is vaccination.  The new vaccine augments the only other licensed smallpox vaccine, Dryvax (approved in 1931), which is in limited supply because it is no longer made.  ACAM2000 is manufactured by means of a pox virus called vaccinia, which is related to but different from the virus that causes smallpox.  The vaccine contains live vaccinia virus and acts by causing a mild infection; thus stimulating an immune response that effectively protects against smallpox without actually causing the disease.  ACAM2000 was studied in 2 populations:
  1. individuals who had never been vaccinated for smallpox, and
  2. individuals who had received smallpox vaccination many years earlier.
The percentage of un-vaccinated persons who developed a successful immunization reaction was similar to that of Dryvax.  ACAM2000 also was found to be acceptable as a booster in those previously vaccinated for smallpox.

The prescribing information for ACAM2000 has the following recommendations regarding dosing and administration:

  • ACAM2000 must be administered only by vaccine providers with training to safely and effectively administer the vaccine by the percutaneous route (scarification). The manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that such training is available to all vaccine providers, as required by the manufacturer’s Risk Management Plan.
  • A droplet of ACAM2000 is administered by the percutaneous route (scarification) using 15 jabs of a bifurcated needle. ACAM2000 should not be injected by the intradermal, subcutaneous, intramuscular, or intravenous route.
  • The droplet (0.0025 mL) of reconstituted vaccine is picked up with a bifurcated needle by dipping needle into ACAM2000 vial.
  • Re-vaccination may be recommended (e.g., every 3 years).

See full prescribing information for instructions for vaccine preparation, administration including provision of the Medication Guide to vaccinees and instruction to vaccinees about vaccination site care, and interpretation of response to vaccination.

The National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (2011) stated that "Because of similar concerns about smallpox vaccine and tuberculin skin test (TST) suppression, a TST should not be performed until 4 weeks after smallpox vaccination .... Breastfeeding is a contraindication for smallpox vaccination of the mother because of the theoretical risk for contact transmission from mother to infant".

The Practice Committees of American Society for Reproductive Medicine and Society for Reproductive Technology (2012) noted that although there is presently no definitive evidence linking vaccinia virus transmission through reproductive cells, SART/ASRM accordingly recommends that ART practitioners consider deferring donors who have recently received smallpox vaccine or contracted symptomatic vaccinia virus infection through close contact with a vaccine recipient (until after the vaccine or infectious scab has spontaneously separated).  Good donor practice further suggested that donors who are not in good health, including those with recent complications from smallpox vaccine, should be similarly deferred.

Elizaga et al (2013) stated that vaccinia-associated myo/pericarditis was observed during the U.S. smallpox vaccination (DryVax) campaign initiated in 2002.  A highly-attenuated vaccinia strain, modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA) has been evaluated in clinical trials as a safer alternative to DryVax and as a vector for recombinant vaccines.  Due to the lack of prospectively collected cardiac safety data, the Food and Drug Administration required cardiac screening and surveillance in all clinical trials of MVA since 2004.  These investigators reported cardiac safety surveillance from 6 phase I trials of MVA vaccines.  Four clinical research organizations contributed cardiac safety data using common surveillance methods in trials administering MVA or recombinant MVA vaccines to healthy participants. "Routine cardiac investigations" (ECGs and cardiac enzymes obtained 2 weeks after injections of MVA or MVA-HIV recombinants, or placebo-controls), and "Symptom-driven cardiac investigations" were reported.  The outcome measure was the number of participants who met the CDC-case definition for vaccinia-related myo/pericarditis or who experienced cardiac adverse events from an MVA vaccine.  A total of 425 study participants had post-vaccination safety data analyzed, 382 received at least 1 MVA-containing vaccine and 43 received placebo; 717 routine ECGs and 930 cardiac troponin assays were performed.  Forty-five MVA recipients (12 %) had additional cardiac testing performed; 22 for cardiac symptoms, 19 for ECG/laboratory changes, and 4 for cardiac symptoms with an ECG/laboratory change.  No participant had evidence of symptomatic or asymptomatic myo/pericarditis meeting the CDC-case definition and judged to be related to an MVA vaccine.  The authors concluded that prospective surveillance of MVA recipients for myo/pericarditis did not detect cardiac adverse reactions in 382 study participants.

Greenberg et al (2013) stated that human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected persons are at higher risk for serious complications associated with traditional smallpox vaccines.  Alternative smallpox vaccines with an improved safety profile would address this unmet medical need.  In this study, the safety and immunogenicity of MVA was assessed in 91 HIV-infected adult subjects (CD4(+) T-cell counts, greater than or equal to 350 cells/mm(3)) and 60 uninfected volunteers.  The primary objectives were to evaluate the safety of MVA and immunogenicity in HIV-infected and uninfected subjects.  As a measure of the potential efficacy of MVA, the ability to boost the memory response in people previously vaccinated against smallpox was evaluated by the inclusion of vaccinia-experienced HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected subjects.  Modified vaccinia Ankara was well-tolerated and immunogenic in all subjects.  Antibody responses were comparable between uninfected and HIV-infected populations, with only 1 significantly lower total antibody titer at 2 weeks after the second vaccination, while no significant differences were observed for neutralizing antibodies.  Modified vaccinia Ankara rapidly boosted the antibody responses in vaccinia-experienced subjects, supporting the efficacy of MVA against variola.  The authors concluded that MVA is a promising candidate as a safer smallpox vaccine, even for immunocompromised individuals, a group for whom current smallpox vaccines have an unacceptable safety profile.

Walsh et al (2013) noted that modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA-BN, IMVAMUNE) is emerging as a primary immunogen and as a delivery system to treat or prevent a wide range of diseases.  These researchers performed a dose-escalation study of MVA-BN administered subcutaneously in 2 doses, one on day 0 and another on day 28.  A total of 24 hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT)recipients were enrolled sequentially into the study, and vaccine or placebo was administered under a randomized, double-blind allocation.  Ten subjects received vaccine containing 10(7) median tissue culture infective doses (TCID50) of MVA-BN, 10 subjects received vaccine containing 10(8) TCID50 of MVA-BN, and 4 subjects received placebo.  MVA-BN was generally well-tolerated at both doses.  No vaccine-related serious adverse events were identified.  Transient local reactogenicity was more frequently seen at the higher dose.  Neutralizing antibodies (NAb) to Vaccinia virus (VACV) were elicited by both doses of MVA-BN and were greater for the higher dose.  Median peak anti-VACV NAb titers were 1:49 in the lower-dose group and 1:118 in the higher-dose group.  T-cell immune responses to VACV were detected by an interferon γ enzyme-linked immunosorbent spot assay and were higher in the higher-dose group.  The authors concluded that MVA-BN is safe, well-tolerated, and immunogenic in HSCT recipients.  These data support the use of 10(8) TCID50 of MVA-BN in this population.

Frey et al (2013) stated that re-introduction of Variola major as an agent of bioterrorism remains a concern.  A shortened dosing schedule of Bavarian Nordic's (BN) IMVAMUNE® (MVA vaccine against smallpox) was compared to the currently recommended 0- and 28-day schedule for non-inferiority by evaluating the magnitude and kinetics of the immune responses.  Subjects were assigned to receive IMVAMUNE or placebo administered subcutaneously on days 0 and 7, days 0 and 28, or day 0.  Blood was collected for antibody and cell-mediated immune assays.  Subjects were followed for safety for 12 months after last vaccination.  The primary end-point of this study was the geometric mean antibody titers (GMT) at 14 days post last vaccination.  Of 208 subjects enrolled, 191 received vaccine (Group: 0+7, Group: 0+28 and Group: 0) and 17 received placebo.  Moderate/severe systemic reactogenicity after any vaccination were reported by 31.1 %, 25.4 %, and 28.6 % of the subjects for Group: 0+7, Group: 0+28, and Group: 0, respectively (Chi-square test, p = 0.77).  Based on BN's Plaque Reduction Assay GMTs, Group: 0+7 was non-inferior to Group: 0+28 at day 4, 180, and 365 after the second vaccination.  On day 14, Group: 0+7 and Group: 0+28 GMT were 10.8 (confidence interval [CI]: 9.0 to 12.9) and 30.2 (CI: 22.1 to 41.1), respectively.  Based on BN's enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, the proportion of subjects with positive titers for Group: 0+28 was significantly greater than that for Group: 0+7 after second vaccination at days 4 and 180.  By day 14 after the second dose, the IFN-γ enzyme-linked immunosorbent spot (ELISPOT) responses were similar for Group: 0+28 and Group: 0+7.  The authors concluded that overall, a standard dose of IMVAMUNE (0.5 ml of 1 x 10(8) TCID/ml) administered subcutaneously was safe and well-tolerated.  A second dose of IMVAMUNE at day 28 compared to day 7 provided greater antibody responses and the maximal number of responders.  By day 14 after the second dose, IFN-γ ELISPOT responses were similar for Group: 0+28 and Group: 0+7.

Laris-Gonzalez and colleagues (2020) noted that live-attenuated vaccines (LAV) are currently contraindicated during pregnancy, given uncertain safety records for the mother-infant pair.  LAV might, however, play an important role to protect them against serious emerging diseases, such as Ebola and Lassa fever.  In a systematic review, these investigators searched relevant data-bases to identify studies published up to November 2019.  Controlled observational studies reporting pregnancy outcomes after maternal immunization with LAV were included.  The ROBINS-I tool was used to assess risk of bias.  Pooled odds ratios (OR) were obtained under a random-effects model.  Of 2,831 studies identified, 15 met inclusion criteria.  Smallpox, rubella, poliovirus, yellow fever and dengue vaccines were assessed in these studies.  No association was found between vaccination and miscarriage (OR 0.98, 95 % CI: 0.87 to 1.10), still-birth (OR 1.04, 95 % CI: 0.74 to 1.48), malformations (OR 1.09, 95 % CI: 0.98 to 1.21), prematurity (OR 0.99, 95 % CI: 0.90 to 1.08) or neonatal death (OR 1.06, 95 % CI: 0.68 to 1.65) overall.  However, increased odds of malformations (OR 1.24; 95 % CI: 1.03 to 1.49) and miscarriage after 1st trimester immunization (OR 4.82; 95 % CI: 2.38 to 9.77) was found for smallpox vaccine.  Therefore, these researchers did not find evidence of harm related to LAV other than smallpox with regards to pregnancy outcomes, but quality of evidence was very low.  Overall risks appeared to be small and have to be balanced against potential benefits for the mother-infant pair.  The authors concluded that the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes after maternal immunization with LAV appeared to be small.  This information can support decision-makers in the planning of vaccination campaigns that target women in the reproductive age, and may provide reassurance to healthcare workers taking care of women inadvertently immunized with LAV during pregnancy.  They noted that these findings may also inform pressing decisions regarding vaccination of pregnant women during outbreaks.  In this setting, benefits might exceed potential harms when the disease manifestations are severe for pregnant women and/or their offspring and the probability of exposure is high, as is the case with Ebola and Lassa fever.

Table: CPT Codes / HCPCS Codes / ICD-10 Codes
Code Code Description

Information in the [brackets] below has been added for clarification purposes.   Codes requiring a 7th character are represented by "+":

There is no specific code for small pox vaccine:

Other CPT codes related to the CPB:

86580 Skin test; tuberculosis, intradermal
90749 Unlisted vaccine/toxoid

ICD-10 codes covered if selection criteria are met:

Z20.89 Contact with and (suspected) exposure to other communicable diseases [smallpox]
Z23 Encounter for immunization [pre-exposure to smallpox - see criteria]

The above policy is based on the following references:

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