Despite concerns voiced by health care workers' unions and a scientific panel, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that mass vaccination of a half-million medical workers could start as soon as next week.
Americans are misinformed about smallpox and that lack of understanding could potentially be dangerous, according to a new study published by Harvard University.
President Bush said Wednesday that he has decided to begin vaccinating members of the military and health workers against smallpox and will eventually allow all Americans to receive the vaccine that remains the only protection against the disease.
By ordering 155 million doses of the smallpox vaccine today, the administration has increased the nation's stockpile to cover the entire population by the end of next year.
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