FOX heats things up tonight in House, making Amber Tamblyn's second episode on the series one to remember! It's called "A Pox on Our House"— and no, we're not talking chickenpox— we're talking smallpox, a serious, contagious and sometimes fatal infectious disease. But smallpox has been eradicated since the late 70s, so what gives?
In the episode, a teenage girl finds a 200-year-old medicine jar from an old shipwrecked slave ship, which shatters in her palm. She is admitted and quarantined due to smallpox-like symptoms, doomed to uncertainty, since there is no specific treatment for the disease. Tamblyn's character, Masters, is convinced it's not smallpox, though.
Much as in House, smallpox is a very serious concern with the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), and they have a section on their website devoted to it. There, they include a training video for hospital staff and healthcare providers on the proper vaccination procedure— Remember, there is no cure, only prevention.
As part of the CDC's bioterrorism preparedness activities, public health and hospital-based healthcare providers should again become familiar with smallpox vaccine and the technique for its administration. This video describes smallpox vaccine and common reactions following vaccination, among other things.
1. Introduction (0:00)
2. Vaccine Overview (1:19)
3. Adverse Reactions (4:19)
4. Contraindications & Precautions to Vaccination & Screening Potential Vaccine Candidates (17:38)
5. Vaccine Administration (24:37)
6. Response to Smallpox Vaccination (29:20)
7. Care of the Smallpox Vaccination Site (32:28)
8. Credits (37:18)
PS: It wasn't smallpox in House, it was rickettsialpox.