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  • small pox and cardiomyopathies...

    This was sent to the HCMA - I thought you may be interested in reading it.

    March 25, 2003 - Temporary Deferral Recommended for Heart Patients
    Volunteering for Smallpox Vaccination

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took the precautionary
    step of adding a temporary medical deferral to the smallpox
    vaccination program for persons who have been diagnosed with heart
    disease. CDC is investigating whether there is any association
    between smallpox vaccination and reports of heart problems in seven
    health care workers who have been vaccinated.

    CDC added the temporary measure to the existing list of deferral
    criteria based on information from its real-time monitoring system,
    which showed a small number of heart-related incidents among health
    care workers following smallpox vaccination. It is not clear whether
    this number is greater than would be expected normally in this
    population, CDC scientists said.

    "We promised to closely monitor this program and to put safety
    first, so we are exercising exceptional caution," said Julie
    Gerberding, M.D., CDC director. "If our investigation shows this
    precautionary measure should become permanent or the need for other
    changes or enhancements in the civilian smallpox vaccination program,
    we will take immediate action." "We continue to believe
    that it is important and necessary to vaccinate health care workers
    to prepare our nation in the event we have to respond to a smallpox
    outbreak," Dr. Gerberding said.

    CDC is recommending that persons with known cardiac disease - such as
    cardiomyopathy
    , previous heart attack, history of angina, or other
    evidence of coronary artery disease - be temporarily deferred from
    receiving smallpox vaccination. CDC will provide states with simple
    questions about heart problems to use in screening people
    volunteering for smallpox vaccination.

    In pursuing its promise of safety, last week CDC asked the Advisory
    Committee on Immunization Practices' (ACIP) Smallpox Vaccine Safety
    Review Board to examine reports of heart-related adverse events
    occurring in connection with the smallpox vaccination program. CDC is
    also beginning research projects aimed at identifying and
    understanding any associations that may exist between smallpox
    vaccine and heart-related problems.

    "A major part of our monitoring program involves regularly
    sharing information about adverse events with experts such as those
    on the ACIP. They can help assess whether the smallpox vaccine is,
    indeed, associated with the medical conditions described in the
    adverse event reports," said Walter Orenstein, M.D., director of
    CDC's National Immunization Program.

    CDC has received several reports of heart-related problems among the
    25,645 people who have been vaccinated in the civilian program. The
    seven cases prompting today's precautionary action include three
    cases of myocardial infarction (heart attack), one of which resulted
    in death; two cases of angina (chest pain); and two cases of
    myopericarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle or sac surrounding
    the heart). In each case the individual's medical history, including
    risk factors for heart disease, is being studied.

    Cases of heart inflammation following smallpox vaccination were
    reported in the 1960s and 1970s. However, the information from these
    reports does not provide any information about the types of people
    who may be at higher risk for heart-related problems following
    smallpox vaccination.
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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