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Compensation concerns slow smallpox program

State health officials said Wednesday that concerns over compensation for people injured by the smallpox vaccine are hampering the inoculation program. Based on historic data, a small number of people vaccinated will face serious injuries, and federal officials acknowledge they need a way to offer compensation for lost wages and medical expenses. But officials made clear they still lack a plan even as states are beginning to inoculate smallpox response teams. The only way people now can get reimbursed for expenses is through the workers’ compensation system, which federal officials say has many holes. Full Story

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