A whole generation of American children has reached adulthood without bearing that distinctive circle-shaped scar on the upper arm. These scars are the mark of vaccination for smallpox, a scourge many presumed to be wiped out. But the rise of terrorism an the threat of biological weapons has put smallpox back on the medical radar screen. A conference in Cleveland next week will brief health care personnel on how the plan to provide smallpox vaccinations will work here. The director of the Case Western University School of Medicine's Center for Sciences, Health and Society, Dr. Nathan Berger, heads up the conference. He's with us by phone.
The conference will be held Tuesday, December 17th, at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. More information is available here.