Some myths and facts about smallpox:
Myth: Smallpox can be cured.
Fact: There is no proven treatment, though newer antiviral drugs would probably be tried in the event of an outbreak.
Myth: Smallpox still occurs naturally.
Fact: The last case was in 1977.
Myth: Not enough smallpox vaccine exists for everyone.
Fact: The government believes it has plenty.
Myth: The vaccine is often deadly.
Fact: Probably fewer than three per million would die from the shots.
Myth: Childhood smallpox vaccinations would protect against a new attack.
Fact: Protection probably wears off within 20 years.
Myth: Vaccination won't work if given after exposure to the virus.
Fact: People are protected if vaccinated within two or three days.