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National Programs to Vaccinate for Smallpox Come to a Halt

Government officials said today that both the civilian and military smallpox vaccination programs had virtually come to a halt, the military program because it has vaccinated everyone it can and the civilian program because few people volunteered for it. Officials also said that of the 493,000 people who had been vaccinated, the rate of dangerous side effects was lower than predicted. “I take that as proof that our screening succeeded marvelously,” said Col. John D. Grabenstein of the United States Army surgeon general’s office, who was in charge of the military’s inoculation. Although eight people had heart attacks after immunizations and three died, it is unclear whether the deaths were coincidental, said officials at a conference here today on immunization policy. The conference was convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Full Story

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