- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)6
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)48
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)18
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)12
Smallpox- The more we know, the better
Local public health officials have availed themselves of protection against one form of potential biological terrorism, subjecting themselves to smallpox vaccinations and allowing the community to learn the results.
The Cape Girardeau County Health Department traveled to the Butler County Health Department in Poplar Bluff two weeks ago for the vaccinations, part of a homeland security effort to protect those who would be on the front lines of a fight against a bioterrorism attack.
None of the four has experienced any side effects, and all of the vaccinations took.
By January 2004, smallpox vaccinations will be available to the general public. They would be available even before were there an immediate threat of bioterrorism. It is important that every American be informed so he can make this possibly life-or-death decision for himself and his family.
The health department nurses have allowed this education to happen by working with the Southeast Missourian to follow them step-by-step through the process with interviews and photographs. They deserve our thanks for their openness.