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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.

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.

Sep 10, 2004

Sep 10, 2004

1950s smallpox vaccine passes dilution test

(CIDRAP News) – A test of smallpox vaccine made by Aventis Pasteur in the 1950s show it is still effective even when diluted, suggesting that the United States has more than enough vaccine for everyone, according to a report this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Nov 13, 2003

Nov 13, 2003

Myocarditis in DoD smallpox vaccinees, though still rare, shows increase

(CIDRAP News) – Recent figures from the US Department of Defense (DoD) indicate a higher rate of myopericarditis (heart inflammation) cases among military personnel following smallpox vaccination than previously reported, though the complication remains relatively rare.

Jul 17, 2003

Jul 17, 2003

Diluted smallpox vaccine found effective for revaccinations

(CIDRAP News) – People vaccinated for smallpox in the distant past can be successfully revaccinated with diluted vaccine and have fewer side effects than people receiving the vaccine for the first time, according to a randomized, single-blind study reported by Sharon E. Frey, MD, and colleagues in the Jun 25 Journal of the American Medical Association.

Jun 25, 2003

Jun 25, 2003

Smallpox shot program called safe despite heart complications

(CIDRAP News) – Experience in the current US military smallpox immunization program makes clear that heart inflammation is a possible complication of vaccination, but the overall record suggests that smallpox vaccination today may be safer than in the past, according to reports published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Oct 16, 2002

Oct 16, 2002

Contact vaccinia risk was low in 1960s but could be higher today

(CIDRAP News) – In the 1960s, the rate of vaccinia virus transmission from people newly vaccinated against smallpox to nonimmunized people was low, but the rate could be higher today because of medical differences between populations then and now, according to a new analysis by smallpox experts.

Oct 09, 2002

Oct 09, 2002

Medical societies not jumping on bandwagon for mass smallpox vaccination

(CIDRAP News) – Two leading medical societies this week urged caution on proposals for smallpox immunization for the public, days after federal health officials expressed qualified support for the idea.

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.

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