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Oct 23, 2008

Oct 23, 2008

ACIP opens door to anthrax shots for first responders

(CIDRAP News) – The federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has opened the door to voluntary anthrax vaccination for first responders, revising an 8-year-old recommendation against that step.

Apr 21, 2008

Apr 21, 2008

CDC reports vaccinia infections in lab workers

(CIDRAP News) – An ongoing trickle of vaccinia virus infections in laboratory workers who handle the virus points up the need for them to be immunized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last week.

Nov 15, 2007

Nov 15, 2007

THE PANDEMIC VACCINE PUZZLE Can we vaccinate enough people in time to matter?

Maryn McKennaContributing Writer

(CIDRAP News) – This in-depth article investigates the prospects for development of vaccines to head off the threat of an influenza pandemic posed by the H5N1 avian influenza virus. Its seven parts put advances in vaccine technology in perspective by illuminating the formidable barriers to producing an effective and widely usable vaccine in a short time frame.

Mar 11, 2005

Mar 11, 2005

IOM says poor communication hurt CDC smallpox efforts

(CIDRAP News) – Poor policy communication and a lack of clearly defined goals seriously hindered the smallpox preparedness program that the federal government launched in 2003, according to a report released by the prestigious Institute of Medicine (IOM) last week.

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.

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