WILLIAM H. FOEGE, M.D.; J. MICHAEL LANE, M.D.
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In October 1971 the United States Public Health Service recommended the cessation of routine childhood smallpox vaccination. This decision was reached after several years of study and was based on a number of considerations.
The World Health Organization's global smallpox eradication program has been highly successful and is expected to reach its objective of a smallpox-free world by 1976. Only eight countries still remain endemic for smallpox, and several of the eight are currently reaching a smallpox-free state.
Largely because of the dramatic decrease in smallpox-endemic areas, the likelihood that smallpox will be imported to the United States has decreased
FOEGE WH, LANE JM. End of Routine Smallpox Vaccination in Childhood. Ann Intern Med. ;76:324–325. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-2-324
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(2):324-325.
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