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Pediatric Vaccine Stockpile at Risk
Just three years after the most serious shortage of childhood vaccines in two decades, the federal government's stockpile of childhood vaccines is nearly empty.

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The Polio Virus (Post, April 12, 2005)

A Weekly Shot of News and Notes (Post, March 22, 2005)

Rubella Virus Eliminated in the United States (Post, March 21, 2005)

Meningitis Stopper (Post, March 15, 2005)

Internal Dissension Grows as CDC Faces Big Threats to Public Health (Post, March 6, 2005)

Treatment for Prostate Cancer Shows Promise: Vaccine in Study Pushed Immune System to Attack Tumors, Allowing Patients to Live Longer (Post, Feb. 17, 2005)

Pentagon Boosts Plan For Anthrax Inoculations: Emergency Provisions Invoked to Revive Use (Post, Feb. 2, 2005)

Last-Minute Shots (Post, Feb. 1, 2005)

$1 Billion Donated to Vaccinate Poor Children: Gates Foundation, Norway Team Up to Fight Preventable Diseases in Asia, Africa (Post, Jan. 25, 2005)

Scientists' Exposure Casts Doubt on Boston Lab Plan: University Did Not Notify Public of Nonfatal Disease (Post, Jan. 22, 2005)

Bioterrorism War Game Shows Lack Of Readiness (Post, Jan. 15, 2005)

Technical Hurdles Separate Terrorists From Biowarfare (Post, Dec. 30, 2004)

Washington State Bridge Project Yields Long-Forgotten Graves: Discovery of Native American Burial Ground Halts Repair (Post, Dec. 19, 2004)

Federal Officials To Expand List Of Who Should Get Flu Vaccine (Post, Dec. 18, 2004)

Buying a Front-Row Seat For a Future in Biodefense: Officials Celebrate Fruits of Tax Breaks at Vaccine Plant (Post, Dec. 5, 2004)

Whooping It Up (Post, Nov. 30, 2004)

In Nigeria, Talking Up Two Drops of Vaccine: Polio Eradication Efforts Get Back on Track After Hostility to Treatment Reignited Disease (Post, Nov. 25, 2004)

More Flu Vaccine Available Soon: Federal Doses to Be Redistributed for High-Risk Residents (Post, Nov. 14, 2004)

N.Y. Mayor Has Plans To Import Flu Shots: Bloomberg Seeks European Supply (Post, Nov. 11, 2004)

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