WILLIAM H. FOEGE, M.D.; J. MICHAEL LANE, M.D.
This content is PDF only. Please click on the PDF icon to access.
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. 1972;76:324–325. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-2-324
Download citation file:
Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(2):324-325.
Bioterrorism Infectious Agents, Infectious Disease, Vaccines/Immunization.
Results provided by:
Copyright © 2019 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved.
Print ISSN: 0003-4819 | Online ISSN: 1539-3704
Conditions of Use