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In 2002, WHO declared that is was no longer necessary to vaccinate the public for smallpox. These days, the vaccine is only available for military personnel or scientists who study the disease.

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Terrifyingly, however, Western governments have prepared for bioterrorist smallpox attacks. They claim there are enough vaccines stored to protect “everyone who would need it in the event of an emergency.”

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Although meant to be comforting, the elimination of the smallpox vaccine leaves a lot of unanswered questions: Would children be strong enough to survive the disease? How many people would be unnecessarily infected during the seven to 17 days of smallpox incubation time? Would those in rural areas or the developing world have access to vaccines?

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In this day and age, it doesn’t seem fathomable that we are not doing all we can to prevent a deadly outbreak of smallpox. We have the tools — why aren’t we using them?

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