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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.

Oct 01, 2003

Oct 01, 2003

Smallpox veterans see role for postexposure vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – The consensus of a group of veteran health workers who helped eradicate smallpox in developing countries is that vaccination within 3 days after exposure to smallpox would protect most people from the disease, according to a report in Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Jun 20, 2003

Jun 20, 2003

ACIP: Don't broaden smallpox vaccination program now

(CIDRAP News) – Because of the risk of heart inflammation, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended yesterday that the federal smallpox immunization program not expand now beyond smallpox response teams to the larger population of health workers and emergency responders.

Jun 09, 2003

Jun 09, 2003

Monkeypox outbreak probe expands to 33 cases

(CIDRAP News) – Thirty-three illness cases are under investigation in North America's first outbreak of monkeypox, 14 more than reported 2 days ago, with four cases confirmed so far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today.

Apr 01, 2003

Apr 01, 2003

Heart inflammation cases rise in smallpox vaccinees; CDC broadens deferral

(CIDRAP News) – Federal agencies have reported four more cases of heart inflammation in military personnel who received smallpox shots, including one severe case. The report came as officials advised the states to suspend smallpox shots for people with three or more major cardiac risk factors as well as for those with known heart disease.

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.

Jan 31, 2003

Jan 31, 2003

ACIP advises three needle jabs, not 15, for first-time smallpox shot

(CIDRAP News) – People who will be receiving their first smallpox shot in coming weeks are getting a small break from the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization practices (ACIP): Instead of 15 pricks of the needle, the ACIP is now recommending only three.

Jan 21, 2003

Jan 21, 2003

IOM urges CDC to move slowly on smallpox vaccinations

(CIDRAP News) – The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has urged the federal government to move slowly and carefully on its pre-event smallpox vaccination program, with a pause after the initial phase to assess the vaccine's safety before moving to a broader inoculation campaign.

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