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Jun 21, 2002

Jun 21, 2002

ACIP urges smallpox shots only for response teams, some hospital workers

(CIDRAP News) – Caught between the unknown risk of a smallpox attack and concern about adverse vaccine reactions, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) yesterday recommended that only healthcare workers assigned to deal directly with a smallpox outbreak be vaccinated against smallpox.

Jun 13, 2002

Jun 13, 2002

New bioterrorism law aims to boost public health, guard food and water

(CIDRAP News) – President George W. Bush yesterday signed a far-reaching bioterrorism bill designed to strengthen the public health system, tighten controls on dangerous pathogens, and protect the nation’s food and water supplies.


Jun 11, 2002

Jun 11, 2002

Nearly 60% of public would want smallpox vaccination if available

(CIDRAP News) – Fifty-nine percent of respondents to a recent nationwide poll said they would get vaccinated against smallpox if they could, despite the risk of adverse reactions and the decades-old absence of the disease, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

Jun 07, 2002

Jun 07, 2002

HHS announces $747 million in biodefense grants to states and cities

(CIDRAP News) – The distribution of $747 million in federal grants to states for bioterrorism preparedness was announced yesterday by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson.

The funds are being distributed following an HHS review of public health preparedness plans developed by the states, territories, and three major cities (New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago), Thompson said.

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