Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Smallpox vaccinations: complications

A classic example of a 'could' headline not supported by the text:

'Vaccinated doctors risky to patients

Hospital staff given smallpox shots could spread virus

More than half of all New York state hospital patients may face an increased risk of complications from contact with smallpox-vaccinated health care workers, a study suggests. '

This story was reported on MSNBC. But when you read on, you find that there have been no reported infections at all and that the risk is very small if proper precautions are followed.


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