News & Perspective

Mar 28, 2003

Mar 28, 2003

Military smallpox vaccinee dies of heart attack; ACIP considers options

(CIDRAP News) – A 55-year-old National Guard member died of a heart attack Mar 26, 5 days after getting a smallpox shot, a Department of Defense official reported today.

Mar 27, 2003

Mar 27, 2003

Link between smallpox vaccine and myocarditis looks more likely

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials revealed today that 12 people—10 military personnel and 2 civilians—have had heart inflammation after getting smallpox shots, strengthening evidence that the vaccine can cause such inflammation.

Mar 26, 2003

Mar 26, 2003

CDC tells heart patients to avoid smallpox shot for now

(CIDRAP News) – Because of heart problems that occurred in seven healthcare workers after they received smallpox shots, federal health officials say people who have heart disease should postpone the shot while investigators look for a possible link between the vaccine and heart disorders.