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Mass. nurses balk at smallpox shots

The Massachusetts Nurses Association is urging members not to volunteer for President Bush’s smallpox vaccination program until problems with the federal-state effort are resolved. The 20,000-member group cited safety and liability concerns over the president’s initiative to prepare against a possible attack by terrorists using smallpox as a weapon, it was reported Wednesday. “We agree that as a society we must prepare for the event of a bioterrorist attack, including, but not limited to smallpox. However, the timetable and the process proposed under this particular plan is fraught with problems at this time,” the association said in a statement posted on its Web site, Massnurses.org. The group said, “There are concerns that need to be addressed before we proceed,” and pending adequate resolution of the issues raised, the MNA “cannot encourage participation by our members in the smallpox immunization plan.” Full Story

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