Health workers get smallpox vaccine

(01/24/03) FARMINGTON - Connecticut has become the first state in the nation to administer the smallpox vaccine to healthcare workers. Twenty doctors and nurses rolled up their sleeves at UCONN Medical Center in Farmington Friday.

President Bush's program has taken on a new urgency as the U.S. continues it's military build up near Iraq. Iraq is believed to be one of the nations stockpiling the highly contagious and deadly smallpox virus.

Connecticut health officials say they want to be well prepared in the event of an outbreak. Another 5,800 workers across the state are expected to be vaccinated in the next few months.

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