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Briefing Date:03/02/2005
Topic:The Smallpox Vaccination Program: Public Health in an Age of Terrorism

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Institute of Medicine
Board on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Committee on Smallpox Vaccination Program Implementation

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Congressional Briefing
Wednesday, March 2, 2005
632 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg. -- 3:00 p.m.

on

The Smallpox Vaccination Program:
Public Health in an Age of Terrorism

by

Brian Strom, M.D., M.P.H., George S. Pepper Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine; Biostatistics and Epidemiology; Medicine; and Pharmacology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia; and Chair, Committee on Smallpox Vaccination Program Implementation, Institute of Medicine, The National Academies

This new report repeats and reviews the Institute of Medicine's advice in six short letter reports previously delivered to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on the smallpox vaccination program in response to the threat of bioterrorism. The report adds four new chapters that provide historical perspectives on smallpox, previous vaccination programs, and the recent CDC program, and an analysis of the recent program - policies and lessons learned The report makes a concluding recommendation to the CDC.

This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on March 3, 2005 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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