Smallpox vaccine program evolves

Elliott, Scott
June 2003
Airman;Jun2003, Vol. 47 Issue 6, p8
This article reports that the U.S. military members have been receiving inoculations against the smallpox virus since December 2002, when U.S. President George W. Bush directed people in high-threat areas to be vaccinated. Initially, the Air Force targeted medical professionals and designated forces in specific mission-critical areas as the first to be vaccinated. Those medics included members of the Smallpox Epidemiological Response Team and those responsible for administering the vaccine to others. The vaccination program expanded with airmen deployed to high threat areas, such as those supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.


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