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VACCINATION HEARINGS ALERT

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  • Violet Jones
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 9, 2002
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      > ALERT from the Association of Physicians and Surgeons
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      >
      > Subject: ACTION ALERT - CDC taking public comments on smallpox vaccine
      > URGENT!
      >
      > CDC HOLDS PUBLIC FORUMS ON VACCINE POLICY THIS MONTH
      >
      > WILL DECIDE NEW VACCINE GUIDELINES ON JUNE 20
      >
      > (Please forward to your colleagues & friends in New York, San
      > Francisco, St. Louis and San Antonio)
      >
      > The CDC is hosting four public forums (THIS WEEK AND NEXT -- SEE
      > SCHEDULE BELOW) to provide health professionals and the general
      > public with information about smallpox and smallpox vaccine, and to
      > solicit comments on the use of smallpox vaccine before and after a
      > potential smallpox outbreak or bioterroist attack.
      > http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/a020530.htm
      >
      > CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have asked
      > the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the
      > National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) to review the current U.S.
      > smallpox vaccine recommendations. These two groups advise the CDC and
      > DHHS on vaccine use and policies.
      >
      > The ACIP-NVAC Smallpox Working Group met on May 8-9, 2002 in Atlanta
      > to discuss this issue, and plans to provide an updated set of
      > smallpox vaccine recommendations to the CDC and DHHS by June 20.
      >
      > After these forums, the National Academy of Science will hold a
      > scientific forum on June 15 in Washington, DC to obtain input from
      > scientists, clinicians, and others about the options for smallpox
      > vaccine use.
      >
      > The ACIP will then meet in Atlanta on June 19-20 to formulate
      > recommendations to be presented to the Secretary, Health and Human
      > Services. The ACIP meeting will also allow for approximately 4 hours
      > of public comment.
      >
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      > WE URGE AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE
      > - BOTH PHYSICIANS AND PATIENTS -
      > TO ATTEND THESE FORUMS.
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      > We are concerned about the potential for forced immunizations and
      > serious reactions. There are many scientifically valid arguments
      > against mass smallpox immunization campaigns. The vaccine is known to
      > cause serious adverse effects, including death.
      >
      > The strain of smallpox chosen for a biological attack might be
      > resistant to the vaccine.
      >
      > Thus, an entire population could be subjected to the dangers of mass
      > vaccination while reaping no benefit at all.
      >
      > MORE INFORMATION IS POSTED ON THE AAPS WEBSITE AT
      >
      > <http://www.aapsonline.org/>www.aapsonline.org. Click on "Emergency
      > Powers Act."
      >
      > FORUM LOCATIONS:
      >
      > Thursday, June 6, 2002
      >
      > New York, New York
      > Mt. Sinai Hospital
      > Stern Auditorium
      > One Gustave L. Levy Place
      > 8:00 AM - 5 PM Eastern Time
      >
      > San Francisco
      > San Francisco Marriott Downtown
      > 55 Fourth Street55 Fourth Street
      > 8:00 AM - 5 PM Pacific Time
      >
      > Saturday, June 8, 2002
      >
      > St. Louis, Missouri
      > Renaissance Airport Hotel
      > 9801 Natural Bridge Road
      > 8:00 AM - 5 PM Central Time
      >
      > Tuesday, June 11, 2002
      >
      > San Antonio, Texas
      > Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
      > 200 East Market Street
      > 8:00 AM - 5 PM Central Time
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