Your Health: Apr. 8, 2002


BIG BOX OF SMALLPOX When a smallpox attack looked like a real possibility last fall, smallpox vaccines were in desperately short supply. Or were they? U.S. officials announced last week that the 15.4 million freeze-dried doses left over from the early '70s can be diluted fivefold--stretching the stockpile to more than 75 million--and still remain potent. Meanwhile, a French drug company offered up a forgotten cache of 85 million more doses. That should tide us over until year's end, when new vaccines are due.

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