New Fears About Smallpox Vaccine

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New Fears About Smallpox Vaccine
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Thu, 05-08-2003 - 9:31am
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/03/31/eveningnews/main547073.shtml

"(CBS) Three months into the smallpox inoculation campaign, sources say the government is doing an about-face and will let states stop administering the high-risk vaccine, if they choose, reports CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson.

That's a sharp contrast to the original rush to vaccinate a half-million health care workers as a frontline defense against a possible bio-terror attack. So far, only 35,000 of the targeted workers have been inoculated."

. . . "An aggressive government surveillance program set up to detect any dangerous trends recently uncovered one: 11 cases of unusual heart inflammation among military troops who got the smallpox vaccine; three civilian deaths are also under investigation.

But CBS News has learned of one high-profile death that hasn't yet been counted – that of NBC Correspondent David Bloom. He died of an apparent blood clot several weeks after getting both the smallpox and anthrax vaccines.

Asked if Bloom's death should be counted and reported since he had the smallpox vaccination and died within a period of weeks, Strom says, "Yes."

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Mon, 05-12-2003 - 7:40am
<> ---Eradicated?
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Mon, 05-12-2003 - 8:37am
LOL - Miki, I was about to post the very same thing =0)

In Germany, we say: zwei Frauen, ein Gedanke (two women, one thought)

Catherina

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Mon, 05-12-2003 - 9:54am
Jan,

I really do have a lot of faith in our modern medicine. I think I will take my chances and not vax for smallpox, untill a safer version is out. The reason I like vaxing is that it stops the epidemics. Right now, there is no smallpox epidemic, so why vax for it? Seems to me Bush got a little freaked out about the possibility of germ warfare. Vaxing all those people seemed a little alarmist to me.

I do, however, think the continued use of the current vaxs are a good idea. I know it sounds contradictory. JMO. Although, they should always be looking for safer versions.

Lucky the Linkophobic

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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 9:51am
Lucky, RE: the links. The reason why you will find many posters using links in their messages is because they are often demanded of them to back up the information they are posting. Aside from that, you keep saying you want to hear the posters' own words. Have you ever stopped to think how the posters came to believe the way they do today? They didn't just think up the information they are relaying, it had to come from somewhere, and influenced their way of thinking. Our thoughts of today are a culmination of information we have processed along the way. So I'm not sure what your aversion is to the link issue.

And RE: your statement,

"Right now, there is no smallpox epidemic, so why vax for it?"

Right on. Vaccinating is silly in the absence of epidemics.

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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 11:06am
This is probably off topic but, regarding links:

I don't like them because, IMHO, it's like using bible quotes to explain yourself. I know a lot of folks read only certain sites and thus quote from only those sites. It gets rather boring simply reading links. It's like they can't answer on their own. Now, if you answer a question then someone says, "Oh yeah? Well, where did you hear that?', THEN I think a link is somewhat helpful. I also don't believe that the folks on the other end of the links are always that much smarter or more informed than those of us on the message boards.

Lucky

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