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Oct 25, 2002

Oct 25, 2002

CDC notes 25th anniversary of world's last smallpox case

(CIDRAP News) – The world's last naturally acquired case of smallpox occurred almost exactly 25 years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes in today's issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The smallpox case occurred in the Merca District of Somalia on Oct 26, 1977, the CDC says. Less than 3 years later, in May 1980, the World Health Organization declared the world free of naturally occurring smallpox.

Oct 18, 2002

Oct 18, 2002

ACIP suggests which hospital workers need smallpox shots; total could reach 500,000

(CIDRAP News) – The federal government's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) amended its June 2002 recommendations on smallpox vaccinations for healthcare workers this week in an effort to ensure that the healthcare system will have enough immunized people to deal with a smallpox outbreak.

Sep 04, 2002

Sep 04, 2002

Smallpox vaccination decision in White House hands

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently sent a recommendation on smallpox vaccination policy to President Bush, but HHS officials still are not confirming reports that it calls for vaccinating as many as 500,000 healthcare workers.

"I can't confirm anything other than that the recommendation went to the White House," Bill Pierce, an HHS spokesman in Washington, DC, told CIDRAP News today.

Jul 15, 2002

Jul 15, 2002

Study says mass vaccination far better than targeted response in smallpox attack

Note: This article was updated on Jul 16, 2002, with comments from a senior health economist at CDC on the study discussed.

Jul 10, 2002

Jul 10, 2002

Scope of smallpox vaccination program not yet decided, HHS officials say

(CIDRAP News) – Though two top federal health officials recently were quoted as saying that half a million healthcare workers may be vaccinated against smallpox, the official word from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is that the scope of the vaccination program has not yet been decided.

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.

May 31, 2002

May 31, 2002

Smallpox vaccination policy: CDC sets meeting schedule, seeks electronic input

(CIDRAP News) – In their initiative to take the public's pulse on smallpox immunization policy, federal health officials have announced the schedule for five upcoming public forums and have set up a Web page to gather comments on policy options.

May 14, 2002

May 14, 2002

CDC to hear from the public on smallpox vaccination issues

Federal health authorities provide opportunities in the next month for input as they revise the current policy regarding vaccination of the general population.

Oct 04, 2001

Oct 04, 2001

October flu shots should be reserved for vulnerable groups, CDC says

(CIDRAP News) – Predicting that 44% of this year's supply of influenza vaccine won't be available until November and December, federal health officials are recommending that vaccine doses available in October be reserved for healthcare workers and people who have an increased risk of influenza complications.

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