Published in Vaccine Weekly, March 31st, 2004
The need for drugs to treat the side effects of this vaccine became acute after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Routine vaccination for smallpox in the United States had ended in the 1970s, when the disease stopped occurring naturally, but the potential threat that variola virus would be used as a weapon of terrorism has raised the possibility that a large-scale vaccination could be necessary in an emergency. Because the use of this vaccine may cause complications in some individuals, the...
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