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Smallpox Risks

NPR's Richard Harris reports on how people are deciding whether to take the smallpox vaccine. Some hospitals are announcing they won't participate in President Bush's plan to vaccinate one-half million health workers. They say the risk of a smallpox attack hasn't been clearly outlined and seems too low to justify the risks of taking the vaccine. The vaccine causes side effects in many people and can lead to life-threatening illnesses and death in a few cases.

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