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US panel advises caution over smallpox vaccination

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 21 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:414
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    An advisory panel of scientists in a report commissioned by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has urged caution in using the smallpox vaccine as a separate WHO report warns against mass vaccination because of the likelihood of a high level of adverse reactions.

    After the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, US government officials had considered making the vaccine available to anyone who wanted it (BMJ 2002;324:1176).

    “Smallpox is not the only threat to the nation's health, and vaccination is not the only tool for preparedness,” said the panel's chairman, Dr Brian Strom, a …

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