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Smallpox Questions: Read This Before You Get Vaccinated

Published in Wall Street Journal—October 3, 2002 

By Elizabeth M. Whelan 

Smallpox Questions: Read This Before You Get Vaccinated 

The Bush administration, in an astonishing change of policy, is preparing to abandon its previous resistance to widespread "pre-attack" vaccinations and offer the smallpox vaccine to all Americans. 


Study: MDs Not Vaccinating Adults

Sun Nov 10, 2002

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) - Doctors are not following guidelines recommending flu and pneumonia vaccinations for hospitalized adults, leaving millions of elderly patients vulnerable to potentially deadly ailments, a study suggests.

Of patients aged 65 and older who were not already vaccinated, more than 95 percent were not immunized against either disease during their hospital stays, the researchers found.


Vaccine Gift Boosts Campaign for Polio-Free World

Sat Nov 9, 2002

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The UN Children's Fund UNICEF and the World Health Organization claimed a big boost to the global campaign for a polio-free world by 2005 on Friday with a vaccine maker's gift of 30 million doses of oral vaccine.

"This marks another milestone in the global effort to eradicate polio," said WHO Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland at a ceremony marking the donation by Aventis Pasteur, a pharmaceutical firm headquartered in Strasbourg, France.


CDC Offers Details on Health Worker Smallpox Shots

By Emma Hitt, PhD

ATLANTA (Reuters Health) - Healthcare workers who receive smallpox vaccine should keep the vaccination site covered until the scab separates, but they can care for patients immediately after vaccination, federal health officials announced Thursday.

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that over 500,000 healthcare workers--those most likely to treat patients in the event of a smallpox outbreak--should be vaccinated against smallpox.



October 14, 2002

The FDA Has Established A Disturbing Pattern That Will Affect You!

By Nicholas Regush

Fear breeds desperation. It happened with the anthrax vaccine. It will likely happen with the smallpox vaccine. Fear of Iraq. Fear of bioterrorists. Fear of a sudden bioterror invasion. Fear that will not go away. We’re in far bigger trouble than what we are seeing on TV and read about in the papers.


Some in U.K. to Get Smallpox Vaccine

Wed Oct 9, 2002

LONDON (AP) - The British government plans to provide smallpox vaccinations to key health care workers throughout the country to respond in case of a bioterrorist attack, officials said Wednesday.

Britain will also stockpile millions of doses of vaccine for the general public in case of a large-scale outbreak of the deadly virus, chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson said.

Despite the precautions, Donaldson said there was not an increased risk of attack.


Pediatricians Urge Smallpox Limits

Mon Oct 7, 2002

By LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) - The American Academy of Pediatrics says the nation's smallpox plan should involve limited vaccinations if a case occurs, not universal inoculations before there's even an attack.

Potential side effects are too severe, and available vaccines have not been tested on children, who may be at higher risk for bad reactions, the academy said in a policy statement released Monday.


Flu Vaccine Does Not Prevent Second Heart Attack

Mon Oct 7, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A flu shot may lower the risk of fever, runny nose and hacking cough this winter, but it will not protect heart disease patients from a subsequent heart attack, researchers report.

Previous studies have suggested that a case of the flu can trigger heart attack and death from heart disease in susceptible patients. To investigate whether the vaccination protected patients, the researchers enrolled more than 1,300 people in their study. All patients had suffered a first heart attack and had survived for at least 3 months.


CDC Urges Flu, Pneumococcal Shots for Seniors

Mon Oct 7, 5:31 PM ET

By Alicia Ault

WASHINGTON (Reuters Health) - All Americans over age 65 should get flu shots as soon as possible, and consider getting a pneumococcal vaccine at the same time if they haven't already had one, government officials said Monday, adding that the shots are part of a new adult vaccination schedule.

he adult schedule is meant to encourage higher vaccination rates, said Surgeon General Richard Carmona, noting that $10 billion is spent each year treating adults for vaccine-preventable illnesses.


Researchers Work on Anthrax Vaccine

Fri Oct 4, 2002

By LAURA MECKLER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two private companies were starting work to create a new, genetically engineered anthrax vaccine that promises to cut in half the six shots needed for protection, building on technology developed by federal researchers.

The Department of Health and Human Services awarded contracts worth $22.5 million to California-based VaxGen Inc.