"Update smallpox vaccine adverse events"

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"Update smallpox vaccine adverse events"
Tue, 04-08-2003 - 3:28pm
April 7, 2003



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published

"Update: Adverse Events Following Smallpox Vaccination—United

States, 2003" in the April 4 issue of the "Morbidity and

Mortality Weekly Report" (MMWR). The opening paragraph is

reprinted below.

"During January 24-March 28, 2003, smallpox vaccine was

administered to 29,584 civilian health-care and public health

workers in 54 jurisdictions as part of an effort to prepare the

United States for a terrorist attack using smallpox virus. This

report summarizes data on ten cases of cardiac adverse events

reported among civilian vaccinees since the beginning of the

smallpox vaccination program, including three new cardiac

adverse events reported to CDC from the Vaccine Adverse Event

Reporting System (VAERS) during March 24-30. Fourteen cases of

myocarditis and one fatal myocardial infarction have been

reported among military personnel. This report summarizes data

on the three new cases of cardiac adverse events, updates data

on seven previously reported cases among civilian vaccinees,

summarizes selected cases of cardiac adverse events among

military vaccinees, and updates information on all adverse

events reported in the civilian vaccination program as of March


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 04-08-2003 - 7:16pm
Thanks for posting that. (Inquiring minds want to know and all, lol!)

>>>Persons should be excluded from the pre-event smallpox vaccination program if they have had heart disease or any type of ischemic cardiovascular disease diagnosed, with or without symptoms (e.g., previous myocardial infarction, angina, congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy, stroke or transient ischemic attack, or other heart conditions under the care of a doctor). Persons also should be excluded if they have three or more risk factors: hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, smoking, or an immediate family member who had onset of a heart condition before age 50. To date, five of the six vaccinated civilians with cardiac adverse events indicative of ischemic heart disease met these exclusion criteria<<<

So what percentage of the current US population does that represent, I wonder? (yes, I could look it up and likely will)

Refreshing to see a more conservative approach from this source for a change (as opposed to their typical "no need to worry, no proven association, just get vaccinated" mantra;)

Kimberly (just doing my part to keep things moving along here:)