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Addressing the Smallpox Threat

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Slide Presentation by William Raub, Ph.D.

On March 3, 2003, William Raub, Ph.D. made a presentation in the Web-Assisted Audioconference entitled Addressing the Smallpox Threat: Issues, Strategies, and Tools.

The is the text version of Dr. Raub's slide presentation. Select to access the PowerPoint® slides (52 KB).

Smallpox Vaccination Campaign: A Federal Perspective

William Raub, Ph.D.
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness
Department of Health and Human Services

Slide 1

Smallpox: The #1 Bio-Threat

  • Highly lethal
  • Readily communicable
  • Few people have effective immunity
  • No established treatment
  • US enemies believed to have variola virus

Slide 2

Scope of the Current Smallpox Vaccination Campaign

Program is entirely voluntary.

  • Stage 1 – Epidemiological response teams
  • Stage 2 – Other health care workers; public safety personnel
  • Stage 3 – Private citizens who "insist"

Slide 3

Rationale for Current Approach

  • Vaccine highly effective but can provoke serious adverse effects
  • Offer vaccination opportunity to those with highest occupational risk
  • US prepared to vaccinate widely in response to actual smallpox outbreak

Slide 4

Major Issues Associated with the Vaccination Program

  • Logistics and costs of Stage 2
  • Absence of guaranteed compensation for vaccine-related injuries

Current as of July 2003

Internet Citation:

Preparedness Issues for the Local Level. Text Version of a Slide Presentation at a Web-assisted Audioconference. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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