California´s front-line health care workers will soon have access to smallpox vaccinations again. The voluntary vaccinations were stopped for a week after health concerns related to the vaccine. But new guidelines address those concerns, and state officials have said the vaccinations can resume.
The new guidelines declare that people should not be vaccinated if they have been diagnosed with heart problems or if they have three or more risk factors for heart disease, such as smoking or high blood pressure. The vaccinations are designed to ensure that health care workers can continue working even during a bio-terrorism attack involving smallpox.