Dean criticizes smallpox vaccine program

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Governor Howard Dean is criticizing a plan by the Bush administration to revive a national smallpox vaccination program. Dean, a physician, says he supports making the vaccine available to emergency workers and others who would be most at risk during a biological attack.

But he says the president’s plan doesn’t take into account the potential complications. Dean says smallpox vaccinations can make a small number of people sick and kill an even smaller percentage. And Dean says the president’s plan should contain a compensation program for those who get sick from the vaccine.

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