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Smallpox Vaccination Has Few Takers

Thursday, 19 June 2003 12:00 AM

Health officials, quoted by the New York Times, said the 493,000 people who have been vaccinated have experienced a lower-than-predicted the rate of dangerous side effects.

Almost all military personnel have been vaccinated, but most eligible civilians, up to 500,000 health care and emergency providers, have so far declined. The quick end to the war in Iraq is being cited as one of the possible reasons.

The program got off to a slow start, according to Dr. Raymond A. Strikas, director of smallpox preparedness at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and volunteers dropped off sharply after late March. Phase 3 of the U.S. program would have extended vaccination to the general public, he said "but there's been relatively little clamoring for that."

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