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For Immediate Release:
December 02, 2002
For more information contact:
DHS Communications
(213) 240-8144 Pager: (213) 990-7107

County Health Officials Prepare Plan to Vaccinate Public Health and Medical Response Teams for Smallpox

WHAT: The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services will hold a news briefing to discuss plans to re-initiate smallpox vaccination, a part of the department’s on-going bioterrorisim and public health emergency preparedness activities. These vaccinations are in response to a request by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to begin Phase I of their national vaccination plan subject to approval by the President of the United States. Health department officials will review the nature of the disease, the proposed federal implementation plan to vaccinate public health and hospital response teams and how this activity will be conducted in Los Angeles County.

WHY: Vaccinating a specific group of health care personnel is one of many steps health agencies around the country are taking to strengthen the infrastructure of their organization and safeguard the health of the public. Prior to the start of these activities, county health officials will brief reporters on the issues and logistics behind this particular course of action.

WHEN: Monday, December 2 at 1:30 p.m. PST

WHERE: Health Services Administration Building Room 910 313 N. Figueroa St./downtown Los Angeles

WHO: Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer Carol Gunter, MPA, Assistant Director, Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Laurene Mascola, MD, MPH, Chief of Acute Communicable Control Disease Unit Sharon Grigsby, MBA, Executive Director, Bioterrorism Preparedness Program Robert Kim-Farley, MD, MPH, Medical Epidemiologist

For additional information access the bioterrorism preparedness website: www.labt.org.