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FDA as apparently approved the vaccine for use by pregnant women. Then it was pointed out that the vaccine has not been generally available for nine months. Therefor the impact on a developing fetus could not be known

The fact is that pregnant women must weigh the risks vs benefits of the vaccine. There is always a case to make risk vs benefit.
However... The smallpox vaccine could cause inflammation of the heart muscle. The oral polio vaccine was a rare cause of polio -- it occurred in roughly 1 in 2.4 million doses. ... The yellow fever vaccine is a rare cause of ... yellow fever. All medical intervention carries a risk vs benefit. Open heart surgery carries a risk of cerebal embolism. Does that mean no one should have open heart surgery?
OTOH are you pregnant? If not, get the vaccine. Before the Polio vaccine there were 20mil cases of polio each year.
How many cases of polio have we had this year?
Before the smallpox vaccine on average, 3 out of every 10 people who got it died. People who survived usually had scars, which were sometimes severe... however you might still want to explain how the risk of a smallpox vaccine outweighs the risk?
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