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    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The state has dropped plans to vaccinate
    fire, police, and other emergency personnel against smallpox,
    citing health concerns and questions about whether the voluntary
    program is still needed.
    The first phase of the program, in which public health and
    hospital workers and some state police were vaccinated, was
    completed last winter, and some emergency services personnel were
    vaccinated when the program resumed this summer. However, only 671
    volunteers took part, far less than the 1,000 who were expected to
    come out.
    Meanwhile, a federal advisory panel recently recommended against
    continued public vaccinations, citing unexpected side-effects in a
    few cases, such as heart attacks. Federal health officials said
    that for every million people who receive the vaccine, between 14
    and 52 experience potentially life-threatening reactions, and one
    or two die.
    Clifton R. Lacy, the state's commissioner of health and senior
    services, said New Jersey is ready for a smallpox emergency, and
    halting the program is more a shift of focus, not a matter of
    having second thoughts. He said there were nine reports of "minor
    adverse events" among those initially vaccinated, but no one was
    hospitalized.
    "We don't hear a clamor for widespread vaccination of the
    general population, and that's wise," Lacy told The Record of
    Bergen County for Tuesday's editions. "In the absence of confirmed
    smallpox disease anywhere in the world, the risk of vaccination to
    the general public outweighs the benefit."
    The decision drew some criticism from those who wanted it to
    continue, but Lacy said the state has enough volunteers for now.
    Lacy said the vaccinated volunteers have been divided into
    public health and hospital response teams. The public health teams
    - which include infectious disease experts - will investigate,
    assess and treat any suspected case of smallpox, while the hospital
    teams would stand by to handle larger emergencies.

    (Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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  • #2
    I haven't decided whether I would get a shot or not, but I am leaning towards no shot.

    Too many risks for something that might not be needed.
    IACOJ Agitator
    Fightin' Da Man Since '78!

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