Risks of Smallpox Vaccination Give Cause for Concern
Smallpox, a disease caused by the variola virus, has been absent from the globe for more than 25 years and absent from the United States since 1949. Recent events, however, have led the U.S. government to fear that smallpox could be used in a bioterrorist attack. Due to this possibility, President George Bush announced a plan in December 2002 to vaccinate nearly one million military personnel and healthcare workers against smallpox.
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