A month into President Bush's smallpox vaccination campaign, the number of emergency and healthcare workers who have received vaccinations is far below what federal officials initially anticipated, but there have been no reports of life-threatening or serious adverse reactions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. As of Feb. 19, 4,213 public health employees and healthcare workers in 27 jurisdictions had received the vaccine, compared with the 500,000 workers officials had hoped would receive the vaccine in the campaign's initial months. The CDC received reports of seven adverse reactions between Jan. 24 and Feb. 14, including fever, rash, malaise, itching and hypertension. Modern Healthcare's Jan. 6 cover story discussed some of the challenges in carrying out the vaccination campaign. So far, 48 states and four county and municipal health departments have requested a total of 280,100 doses of the vaccine. The CDC said it has delivered enough vaccine for 274,000 doses. -- by Julie Piotrowski
Smallpox campaign off to slow but uneventful start
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