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Targeted Smallpox Vaccinations Could Be Effective Intervention Against Deliberate Attack

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November 15, 2002
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Emory University Health Sciences Center
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Targeted vaccination of the close contacts of infected individuals following a smallpox outbreak could rival the effectiveness of mass vaccination, given a sufficiently high level of immunity within the population, according to a new study by biostatisticians at Emory University.

Targeted vaccination of the close contacts of infected individuals following a smallpox outbreak could rival the effectiveness of mass vaccination, given a sufficiently high level of immunity within the population, according to a new study by biostatisticians at Emory University. The research is published in the Nov. 15 issue of Science. Since targeted vaccinations would lead to fewer adverse vaccine reactions and would prevent more cases of smallpox per dose of vaccine, a targeted strategy would be desirable given an equally effective outcome, say the investigators. The existing immunity could be a combination of residual immunity from smallpox vaccinations received prior to 1972, new vaccinations of first responders, and voluntary vaccinations of other individuals, they suggest.


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Emory University Health Sciences Center. "Targeted Smallpox Vaccinations Could Be Effective Intervention Against Deliberate Attack." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 November 2002. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/11/021115070700.htm>.
Emory University Health Sciences Center. (2002, November 15). Targeted Smallpox Vaccinations Could Be Effective Intervention Against Deliberate Attack. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/11/021115070700.htm
Emory University Health Sciences Center. "Targeted Smallpox Vaccinations Could Be Effective Intervention Against Deliberate Attack." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/11/021115070700.htm (accessed April 17, 2014).

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