Threat of Small Pox and the vaccine

  1. With the threat of a bioterrorist attack on the US if we attacked Iraq (which we have already done) I was wondering how many of you work in a facility that has gone through all the channels to offer you the small pox vaccination? if you are offered it, did you take it? If you were offered it, would you take it? do you wish your facility would offer it? If you choose not to take it, why? I work in an Army hospital and we had to go through a 1 hour briefing and then have a health screening by the Community/Occupational Health Nurse to determine if you were eligible for the vaccination. I was found eligible and am currently awaiting notice to go and recieve my revaccination (I was a "lucky" child and was vaccinated in 1969....lol ) Thanks for participating

    Christie
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  2. Poll: Would you or would you not participate in the small pox vaccine if offered?

    • Yes!

      50.00% 3
    • No!

      50.00% 3
    • My facility does not offer it and they shouldn't

      0% 0
    • My facility does not offer it but I wish they would.

      0% 0
    6 Votes / Multiple Choice
  3. 8 Comments

  4. by   caroladybelle
    While it is a wonderful topic Untamed, and I respect you posting it, you might like to check out the other polls/threads that have been done on the topics over last 8 monthes or so - you would garner a lot more responses that way and have great information sources.

    Good Luck.
  5. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Originally posted by caroladybelle
    While it is a wonderful topic Untamed, and I respect you posting it, you might like to check out the other polls/threads that have been done on the topics over last 8 monthes or so - you would garner a lot more responses that way and have great information sources.

    Good Luck.
    I guess I figured that I would get very fresh and new opinions now that our great country has take police action against the military dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. Your opinion is dutifully noted. Thanks.

    Christie:stone
  6. by   caroladybelle
    Please feel free to use the opinions that I posted on 4/3/2003, on 3/10/2003 and on 3/8/2003, on other Smallpox polls/threads - my opinion/position truly has not changed in the last 35 days - hopefully it is fresh enough for you.

    Thank you.
  7. by   DIPLOMATICRN4HIRE
    I was one of the nurses in my area that was offered and I accepted the vaccine. During the initial phase of getting ready for it I found out that I have an underlining cardiac condition that will and did prevent me from accepting the vaccine. I protested and yet I will not have it. Its ok. Its something that I felt was needed to do. Its one choice to get this done. I stood up because of the fear of the overall possibilties. If I can get the underlining condition cleared I will take the vaccine.
    Zoe
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Carol, This thread will do fine as a vehicle for me to express my feelings about small pox shots. I dont 'want to go archive-digging. Anyhow----------------

    I opted NO....too much not known about potential danger to my family members who are unimmunized and nonimmune. We should have remained immunized all these 30 years or so. Now so many are not and the immunization is NOT with out serious risks. I work in OB, how do I know I do not put my pregnant new moms or babes at risk with this thing? Answer is I don't .

    That and I truly feel any attack on us will NOT be in the form of smallpox, but some other MORE virulent virus, bacterium, or deadly chemical. It makes sense, really if we think about it.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Apr 13, '03
  9. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Carol, This thread will do fine as a vehicle for me to express my feelings about small pox shots. I dont 'want to go archive-digging. Anyhow----------------
    Well, it isn't even so much that I don't want to go archive digging, I just really do not have the time and I figured that others did not either. Thank you, Smiling for your support in this post.

    I have no under lying conditions that would prevent me from accepting the vaccine and I figured I had it once already what's a booster gonna hurt anyway (except that I would get 15 sticks as opposed to 3 ) I wanted to protect my family and loved ones as well has hopefully prevent the spread to my patients should an outbreak occur. I do however respect the opinoin of those that choose not to accept.

    Some areas are at less risk for exposure. OBU was considered low risk in the Army hospital that I work at, although the nurses still had to go to the brioefing and the screening.

    According to the briefing and info I have read 1 person with an exposure or the pox has the potential to affect 3-5 others. I felt it my responsibility to try and play a part in keeping exposures at a minimum...but that is just me.

    Christie
  10. by   pickledpepperRN
    April 12, 2003
    Compensation on Smallpox Is Approved in Congress
    By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG



    ASHINGTON, April 11-With health and emergency workers around the country refusing to join the smallpox vaccination program, the House and Senate passed a measure today to compensate those disabled or killed by the inoculations.
    The measure had been delayed for weeks as Senate Democrats insisted on a more generous package than the Republicans and the House rejected a similar bill last week. But on Thursday night, Democrats and the White House negotiated an end to the impasse.
    The measure, approved in both houses by voice vote, now goes to President Bush.
    Smallpox is among the most feared biological weapons. Though it was eradicated 20 years ago, many experts say they believe that rogue nations, including Iraq, continue to maintain illicit stocks of the smallpox virus.
    Last year, Mr. Bush announced a voluntary program to inoculate up to 439,000 doctors, nurses and emergency workers who would be the first to respond in a smallpox attack; just 25,000 have volunteered, apparently because of fears of harm from the vaccine.
    The bill approved today sets up no-fault compensation, to be financed this year with $42 million from an Iraq war spending measure. Permanently disabled recipients would be eligible for up to $50,000 a year in lost wages. Partly disabled recipients would collect also that benefit, up to a maximum of $262,000. The government would pay a $262,000 benefit to spouses of people killed by the vaccinations. Spouses with children would be eligible for either $262,000 or $50,000 a year until the children turn 18.
    "At long last, after many negotiations, we can now say that the nation's first responders will have an effective compensation program," said Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts.

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  11. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Awesome addition to this thread, space. Thanks. It is nice to know that they will give some compensation to any health care provider that has advers reactions or injuries due to this vaccination. I feel that in the best intrest of Homeland Security, the government needs to look out for it's first line of defense, the health care worker . HOOAH! To the legislation!!!!!!

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