MISSOURI -- The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Center for Emergency Response and Terrorism gave a smallpox vaccine training Jan. 7 at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in Jefferson City.
According to local health department director Shelia Russell, the training was offered to public health workers on administrating the vaccine and monitoring those who are immunized. The training covered an overview of smallpox and logistics and vaccine management clinics. Russell said the smallpox vaccine will not be administered at this time, but public health nurses will have a hands-on practice using a bifurcated needle.
"Two people from each public health office or county will be administered the vaccine in late January. Myself, and probably Oregon County Health Department Director of Nursing Shirley Combs will be administered the vaccine at this time," Russell said during an interview Jan. 7. She added that health department officials from Butler County would be administering the vaccine and monitoring it locally.
"The vaccine is not available at this time to the general public. There is not a public threat at this time. We will make sure local residents are kept up to date on where we stand locally regarding the smallpox vaccine situation," Russell said.