St. Louis Public Radio News
10:28 am
Mon February 17, 2003

Missouri Third in Smallpox Vaccinations

St. Louis, MO. – Missouri ranks third in the nation in number of emergency workers who have been vaccinated for smallpox.

The Centers for Disease Control reported last Wednesday that 1,043 people nationwide have received the vaccine, including 119 in Missouri. Only Tennessee and Nebraska have reported more; about 30 states have yet to administer the vaccine.

Missouri health officials credit early planning and cooperation with hospitals and public health agencies, which they say has helped to avoid resistance from health-care workers that other states are encountering.

List of states and vaccines administered, according to the Centers for Disease Control:

Smallpox Vaccinations: Top Five States State Vaccinations Tennessee 248 Nebraska 137 Missouri 119 New Jersey 98 Georgia 68