HHS announced eligibility criteria, the process for requesting benefits and receiving payments, and other policies related to its $42 million compensation program for people injured as a result of receiving the smallpox vaccine under the government's emergency response plan or after coming into contact with someone who had received the vaccine. The agency also disclosed injuries associated with the vaccine, including skin reactions, infections and cardiac problems, but warned against presuming a causal relationship between the vaccine and the injury and said other injuries also may lead to benefits. As of Nov. 30, about 39,000 people had been vaccinated against smallpox under the program. -- by Julie Piotrowski
Details announced on smallpox compensation program
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