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Vaccination Scars

November 13, 2002

Regarding a Nov. 9 letter from Melody McBroom remarking on smallpox vaccination scars on Mexican-born children: Contrary to popular belief, these are the scars of the BCG vaccination, routinely given to infants to prevent tuberculosis. In more than 20 years of practice among Mexican American children I have not seen any smallpox scars in youngsters.

Maria Gasza MD

San Diego

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