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CDC clinician Gloria Brynam (left) demonstrates proper smallpox vaccine application on CDC clinician Melanie King. Photo by James Gathany.

In response to concern about smallpox possibly being used as a biological weapon, the President of the United States launched the National Smallpox Pre-Event Vaccination Program on December 13, 2002. The journal Clinical Infectious Diseases published a special supplement entitled "Posteradication Vaccination against Smallpox"* on March 15, 2008. The 14 articles in this supplement describe the context in which the national smallpox vaccination program was implemented, and focus on the overall safety and effectiveness of the vaccine.

The following four articles explain the Immunization Safety Office's role in this initiative.

A vial of Dryvax® smallpox vaccine. Photo by James Gathany.

Complete List of Articles

Lorna Will (left) and Jacqueline Kowalski practice proper smallpox vaccination technique with a bifurcated needle as trainer Judy Gibson observes. Photo by James Gathany.

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Page last reviewed: June 23, 2008
Page last updated: March 20, 2008
Content source: Immunization Safety Office

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