CDC to Host Nationwide Meetings on Smallpox
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Four public meetings will be held to provide Americans with information on smallpox and the smallpox vaccine in the wake of fears related to bioterrorism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC will also seek comments from health care professionals about the use of the smallpox vaccine. The meetings will be held in New York City and San Francisco on June 6th, and in St. Louis and San Antonio, on June 8th and 11th, respectively. A CDC survey last month showed that physicians have limited knowledge of the potentially harmful side effects of the smallpox vaccine which can include encephalitis, infections, lesions, and even death.