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Old 01-04-2003, 08:08 AM
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Smallpox vaccine

As I understand the process, there is a small quanity of the smallpox vaccine in storage for the government...alot of servicepeople still receive the shot when they go overseas. For mass vaccinations, they will dilute the serum and vaccinate Americans. The problem comes with the serum itself...it is made with "live" smallpox virus, while a flu shot is made with a dead virus. With the "live" serum your body fights off the disease. while with a dead serum your body builds immunities to the disease. There are so many problems with the smallpox vaccine...for example if there is a small baby in your house, or a sickly person...the present of the smallpox in your body can make them sick or react like an allergy. More people have died because of complications by the vaccine..so the risk was high compared to getting the smallpox disease. Now with the world trying to use bioterrorism, it presents a problem if it was unleashed into our country...massive deaths would occur. As I understand it, the vaccines we had before 1972, still might not protect us, they want all willing Americans to get another vaccine. This will not happen till 2004. Service people, ER, Drs., nurses and emergency personnel will get the first vaccines because they would be treated the afflicted first. Why "mad men" are allowed to live in this world is so hard to understand. I pray that the Good Lord will protect us all.

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