Sarah Palmer, 20, receives an injection this past summer of a diluted smallpox vaccine during a trial in Oakland, Calif. Palmer was one of 50 volunteers inoculated with decades-old vaccine as a study of its efficacy.
Sept. 23 â€” Federal health officials will issue detailed guidelines today for vaccinating the entire U.S. population against smallpox within five days of an outbreak of the dreaded disease.
INTENDED AS a blueprint for state and local health officials nationwide, the unprecedented move reveals a growing belief within the Bush administration that even one case of smallpox anywhere in the Western Hemisphere would signify a terrorist assault and should therefore trigger a far more massive response than officials had previously suggested, said two experts involved in the planning.
The manual being sent to health commissioners in the 50 states and the District of Columbia offers advice on how to operate mass vaccination clinics â€” from logistical issues such as parking to the medical challenge of treating severe side effects. It offers suggestions on utilizing the National...