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The Smallpox Vaccination of Health Care Workers: Professional Obligations and Defense against Bioterrorism

Authors

  • THOMAS MAY,

  • MARK P. AULISIO,

  • ROSS D. SILVERMAN


Abstract

Health care workers have not gone along with President Bush's request that they be vaccinated against smallpox in order to prepare the nation's health care system for a terrorist attack using the virus. But there is no professional moral obligation to receive the vaccination—either as a matter of public health or as a matter of national security.

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