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Release No: 075-03
June 24, 2003

DoD and NIH to Discuss Smallpox Vaccination Program

Dr. William Winkenwerder, Jr., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, will discuss the success and safety of the Department of Defense's experience with vaccinating large numbers of people on Wednesday, June 25, at 1 p.m. EDT. The press conference will be held in the National Press Club's First Amendment Room.

The discussion will focus on the success the Department of Defense experienced during its recent smallpox vaccination program involving approximately 500,000 people, as reported in the June 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The research is based on data collected during a six-month period, indicating that a large-scale, public vaccination program can be carried out safely with few serious adverse events.

This event is open to the media and members of the National Press Club. The National Press Club contact can be reached at (202) 662-7532. The DoD Health Affairs contact can be reached at (703) 681-1698.

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