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Smallpox Vaccine Raises Concerns

Thu Jun 6, 2002

By VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - The government must consider potential side effects as it develops guidelines for possible mass vaccinations against smallpox, members of the public said at a forum Thursday.

"I'm very concerned about the possible serious side effects of a vaccine," said Robin Kaigh, an attorney. She said informed consent must be a factor in anyone's agreeing to receive a vaccine — especially those still being developed and not yet licensed.


Chickenpox Vaccine May Up Shingles Risk in Elderly

Thu May 2, 2002

By Richard Woodman

LONDON (Reuters Health) - Scientists said on Thursday that vaccinating children against chickenpox (varicella) could increase the risk that adults would develop shingles, a painful blistering rash that is potentially dangerous in the elderly.

The team, at Britain's Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS), said that although vaccination would save thousands of lives over time, thousands of elderly people could also die from the


Slight Delay in Measles Vaccine Gives Kids Edge

Thu May 16, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Children who are vaccinated closer to 15 months of age may gain better protection against measles compared with those who are immunized around 12 months of age, new study findings suggest.

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that causes a rash, high fever, coughing and other symptoms. It can also lead to serious complications such as pneumonia and brain inflammation.


CDC Finds Docs Lack Knowledge of Smallpox Vaccine

Fri May 10, 2002 By Emma Hitt, PhD

ATLANTA (Reuters Health) - Doctors have limited knowledge about the dangers of smallpox vaccination, according to findings of a survey commissioned by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The findings were reported here Thursday at the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) smallpox working group meeting.



Attempts at eradicating infectious diseases are putting our children at risk

by Barbara Loe Fisher

The worldwide acceptance of mass vaccination to suppress infectious childhood diseases — once fiercely resisted — is one of the most successful public relations stories in the history of medicine.


Controversy Erupts Over U.S. Vaccine-Liabilities Fund

Controversy Erupts Over U.S. Vaccine-Liabilities Fund

November 1, 2001 By Todd Zwillich

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - A federal program designed to compensate families for the adverse effects of vaccines has in some cases become just as contentious as the court cases it was meant to avoid, several witnesses told lawmakers Thursday.