Sunday, March 30, 2003

A mess over vaccination

The New York Times reported the continuing scare over heart deaths amongst receipients of the smallpox vaccine (see my earlier posting about this). Not only have people with known heart disease been excluded from the program, but now those with three or more risk factors (e.g. smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure etc) have been excluded, too. None of which will ease concerns about the safety of the vaccination program. Yet, it still seems to be the case that the known fatalities are probably not linked to the vaccine but were cases of hidden heart disease.

The real twist is that it is a panic over a treatment which was itself a panic reaction to a highly unlikely smallpox attack.

Exclude More From Smallpox Vaccinations, U.S. Is Urged, New York Times, 29 March 2003

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