Re: BIOTERRORISM: possibly missing smallpox samples?

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Mon Oct 22 2001 - 09:00:54 MDT

"Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:
> Mike wrote:
> > Just immunize everybody who isn't HIV positive that wants it, and test
> > people for the allergy before you vaccinate.
> It probably would be worth allowing adults who want to accept the
> risks to be vaccinated at their own cost (after having demonstrated
> that they are aware of the risks). The government should also
> consider offering free vaccinations to any essential people,
> particularly those in medical fields. That way at least they
> don't become infected and become the "Typhoid Marys" of an
> outbreak.

Well, it's an automajic filter that those who have been previously
immunized won't have adverse reactions to being immunized. Simply doing
that should go a long way to help reduce any outbreak velocity to
managable levels. Essentially everybody over 30 has been previously
immunized, and that makes up over half the population, so rather than a
pool density of 280 million people, you get it closer to 140 million
without expensive tests.

Then you've got kids who breast fed in the last 30 years, and thus
inherited some antibodies from mommy. Do they experience the negative
reactions at the same level as kids who were not breast fed?

Mike Lorrey

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