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May 12, 2011

May 12, 2011

NRC seeks changes in US vaccine program for biodefense workers

(CIDRAP News) – A report from the National Research Council (NRC) calls for some changes in a US Army immunization program for lab researchers who work with dangerous pathogens, saying the vaccines need to be made more accessible to civilian scientists.

Mar 12, 2010

Mar 12, 2010

HHS preparing to handle claims of harm from H1N1 vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – While the pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine seems to be just as safe as seasonal flu vaccines, the federal government has been getting some letters from people saying they plan to seek compensation for injuries caused by the injection, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Feb 12, 2010

Feb 12, 2010

Report: For biodefense, US needs closer ties to industry

(CIDRAP News) – The US government needs much closer collaboration with private industry—like the arrangements used in building aircraft carriers and putting men on the moon—in order to improve the nation's medical defenses against biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear threats, says a report from a federal advisory panel.

Feb 08, 2008

Feb 08, 2008

US military switching to new smallpox vaccine

Editor's note: This story was revised Feb 11 to include some additional information provided by the Department of Defense.

(CIDRAP News) – After vaccinating more than a million personnel with the old-fashioned type of smallpox vaccine grown on the skin of calves, the US military is about to switch to a second-generation vaccine that's grown in laboratory cell cultures.

Sep 04, 2007

Sep 04, 2007

FDA approves Acambis smallpox vaccine

(CIDRAP News) – A second-generation smallpox vaccine made by the British biotechnology company Acambis plc and stockpiled by the US government as protection against bioterrorist attacks has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dec 14, 2005

Dec 14, 2005

Study shows few serious problems among smallpox vaccinees

(CIDRAP News) – Exactly 100 of about 38,000 civilians who received smallpox shots in a federal program in 2003 suffered serious adverse events afterward, signaling that the program successfully screened out most people at risk for complications, according to a recent report.

Apr 29, 2005

Apr 29, 2005

Smallpox shots caused unexpected side effects in CDC study

(CIDRAP News) – In a recent study, some laboratory and public health workers who received smallpox shots reported several side effects that have not shown up in other studies, including joint and abdominal pain, backache, and breathing difficulty.

Apr 28, 2004

Apr 28, 2004

Bush administration catalogs biodefense gains, promises more

(CIDRAP News) – The Bush administration today released a long catalog of what it considers the nation's biodefense and public health preparedness gains over the last 3 years and promised more improvements to come.

Apr 13, 2004

Apr 13, 2004

Myopericarditis cases complicate Acambis smallpox vaccine trials

(CIDRAP News) –British biotechnology company Acambis plc has temporarily stopped recruiting volunteers for clinical trials of the cell-culture smallpox vaccine it is making for the US government because at least three cases of myopericarditis have occurred in one of the trials.

Nov 19, 2003

Nov 19, 2003

Vaccines might have contributed to death of Army reservist

(CIDRAP News) – A combination of vaccines that included smallpox and anthrax might have contributed to the death of a young Army reservist last April, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced today.

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