Utah Health Workers Okay After Smallpox Vaccines

Utah Health Workers Okay After Smallpox Vaccines

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The Salt Lake Valley Health Department workers who received smallpox vaccinations ten days ago appear to be doing fine.

The vaccine can cause serious side effects -- including death -- in a small percentage of people. So far, none has reported any unexpected side effects.

Patti Pavey, department executive director, said the vaccinations have been more of a minor distraction than a serious health problem.

Late last month, Utah started its three-phase plan to prepare for a smallpox terrorist attack. So far, none of the health care workers have missed a day of work due to complications. The extent of the side effects have been itching, swelling and pain, all considered routine effects.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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