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FL Receives Smallpox Vaccine ["Operation Vaccinate FL" planned by Gov Jeb Bush's Domestic Security]
State of FL website - ^ | Feb. 4, 2003 | State of FL

Posted on 02/04/2003 6:17:55 PM PST by summer

Tuesday, February 4, 2003

TALLAHASSEE- The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has received a shipment of smallpox vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The vaccine will be stored in strategic locations throughout the state for use during Stage 1 of Operation Vaccinate Florida, scheduled to begin on February 10.

"This shipment is designated for members of hospital and county health department smallpox response teams," said DOH Secretary John O. Agwunobi, M.D., M.B.A. "This first stage of smallpox vaccinations is expected to last approximately 30 to 60 days."

Agwunobi said DOH officials at the state and local level have continued to work closely with federal, state and local agencies, public and private representatives, legislators and other elected officials in their planning for the vaccination campaign. The planning was based upon the framework for collaboration provided by Governor Jeb Bush through his Domestic Security Task Forces at the state and regional levels.

Operation Vaccinate Florida involves the voluntary immunization of Florida residents in three stages, with varying degrees of time between each stage:

The first stage, which is scheduled to begin on February 10, will include the vaccination of hospital response teams and county health department personnel. DOH estimates that approximately 33,000 doses will be provided to protect these health care professionals;

The second stage, which at this point has no scheduled start state, is expected to include the vaccination of first responders such as law enforcement officers, fire fighters, emergency medical crews, etc., as well as other health care professionals. DOH estimates that during the second stage, approximately 300,000 to 400,000 doses will be provided to protect and prepare these individuals; and

The third and final stage, should the federal government determine the need to proceed, would include the voluntary vaccination of the general public. DOH estimates that up to 10 million individuals might be eligible in Florida for Stage 3 vaccinations against smallpox.

An as yet undetermined number of the population will be ineligible to receive the vaccine due to pregnancy, eczema and various other contraindications.

Agwunobi [FL DOH] once again emphasized that he has received no information that would lead him to believe that the threat of a smallpox attack has changed or that attacks are imminent; however, given the current status of the war against terrorism and other potential global events, he continues to believe it is prudent to aggressively prepare.

TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: fl; jebbush; public; smallpox; vaccine

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1 posted on 02/04/2003 6:17:55 PM PST by summer
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To: SpookBrat; Elkiejg; floriduh voter; Frances_Marion; gatorman; livius; Amore; seekthetruth; ...
2 posted on 02/04/2003 6:23:59 PM PST by summer
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To: summer
3 posted on 02/04/2003 6:49:00 PM PST by TwoStep (Ignorance can be cured, stupid is forever!)
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To: summer
Thanks for the ping, summer. We are so fortunate in Florida to have a Governor who understands the seriousness of the threats against us.
4 posted on 02/04/2003 7:52:37 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
I heard a presentation today where our local public health officer stated that if you counted everyone who had ever died in wars, added those who had died from AIDS and flu, you would get approximately 320 million people. If you totaled the number who had died from smallpox alone, you would get 500 million.

Puts the threat in perspective, eh?
5 posted on 02/04/2003 10:36:58 PM PST by marsh2
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To: summer
Thank you for the info. I've been wondering about the vaccine, as I'm considering it when it's available for the general population.
6 posted on 02/05/2003 12:33:07 AM PST by skr (I take it back, it <i> is </i> laughable)
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To: summer

7 posted on 02/05/2003 3:01:35 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye SADdam. It's been lousy knowin' ya ! You're soon to meet your buddy Stalin in Hades.)
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To: marsh2
RE your post #5 - Yes, it certainly does put the threat into perspective. Thanks for that info. I can't help but wonder what other states are planning to do about smallpox.
8 posted on 02/05/2003 9:03:47 AM PST by summer
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To: skr
You're welcome. I'm glad to know FL already has the vaccine.
9 posted on 02/05/2003 9:04:37 AM PST by summer
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To: MeeknMing; Ragtime Cowgirl; TwoStep
Thanks for your posts on this thread.
10 posted on 02/05/2003 9:05:20 AM PST by summer
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To: summer
Thanks for the update, Summer. I'm glad to know our Governor is taking the resposible route to be prepared.
11 posted on 02/09/2003 5:05:03 PM PST by Goldwater Girl
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To: Goldwater Girl
Same feeling here. :)
12 posted on 02/09/2003 5:09:50 PM PST by summer
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