Webcast: "CDC Bioterrorism Update: Smallpox Preparedness - Considerations for Response Team Volunteers"
Public Health Training Network Satellite/Internet Broadcast
(Originally aired December 20, 2002, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET)
This training was developed for use with Dryvax ™ vaccine. Another brand of vaccine, ACAM2000®®, has been licensed that, while nearly identical in administration and technique, does have some minor differences; most notably the change to 15 insertions for both primary and secondary vaccinees. Healthcare providers are advised to familiarize themselves with the information in the package insert before beginning vaccination clinics.
State public health departments are working with local public health departments and hospitals to further develop their smallpox response plans, which include identifying healthcare workers and public health first responders to serve on Smallpox Response Teams. Pre-event vaccination of these Smallpox Response Teams will allow them to better protect the American public against smallpox attack. People who volunteer to receive the smallpox vaccine need to know 1) the conditions that increase the risk of a serious complication and how to assess if they should not be immunized, 2) instructions for caring for the smallpox vaccination site to avoid transmission of the vaccine virus to themselves or others, especially family or household members. This program will provide needed information to those people who are considering participation on a Smallpox Response Team. For a more extensive course overview, including goals and objectives of the module, see the PHTN website.
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Prepare potential smallpox response team volunteers to make an informed decision about vaccination.
- Explain the rationale for vaccination
- Describe the risks of vaccination to individuals and their families
- Demonstrate how the vaccine is administered
- Explain care of the vaccination site and steps to prevent transfer and transmission of the vaccine virus
- Describe mild and serious vaccine complications and how they would be treated
- Discuss compensation issues for persons who experience vaccine complications
Healthcare workers, hospital-based personnel, and public health personnel considering participation on Smallpox Response Teams.
Julie Louise Gerberding, MD, MPH, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta
If you have questions about smallpox vaccination, please contact your local or state health department of CDCInfo.
Registration and Continuing Education Information
Continuing Education is no longer being offered for this course.
Participants are encouraged but not required to register and evaluate the broadcast/webcast on the CDC/ATSDR Training and Continuing Education Online System at http://www2a.cdc.gov/phtnonline/.
A certificate of attendance will be awarded to participants who complete the evaluation. Although continuing education credit is not available for the broadcast/webcast, registration and evaluation will provide valuable feedback to CDC. Participants will have until January 20, 2003 to register and evaluate the broadcast/webcast.
Participant registration will be open December 18, 2002. No site registration will be available for the broadcast/webcast.
Questions about registration should be directed to 800-41-TRAIN, 404-639-1292, or email email@example.com. When emailing a request, please indicate Smallpox Preparedness: Considerations for Response Team Volunteers in the subject line.
The program will be available in a variety of formats including live satellite broadcast, webcast and audiobridge. Following the broadcast the program will be available on videotape, archived webcast and CD-ROM.
Videotapes and CD-ROMs
The Public Health Foundation (PHF) will distribute videotapes and CD-ROMs, shortly after the broadcast. Contact the PHF by calling 877-252-1200, visiting http://www.phf.org, or emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org. When emailing a request, please indicate Smallpox Preparedness: Considerations for Response Team Volunteers in the subject line. Please include your name, mailing address, phone number and specify which module(s) and media type you prefer.
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Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Public Health Foundation (PHF)
and the dedicated support of many other organizations.
- Page last reviewed February 6, 2009
- Page last updated February 6, 2009
- Content source: CDC Emergency Risk Communication Branch (ERCB), Division of Emergency Operations (DEO), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)