None of the 40 Washington County Hospital and Health Department workers voluntarily vaccinated for smallpox in recent months has suffered ill effects, Washington County Health Officer William Christoffel said Friday.
Elsewhere, three people, including a registered nurse in Salisbury, Md., died of heart attacks after getting the smallpox vaccine. They were part of the government's voluntary program to vaccinate health care and emergency workers who would respond in a bioterrorism attack.
Following the deaths, Christoffel called each of Washington County's health care workers who were vaccinated to check on their condition and to ask if they had any history of heart problems. Since none reported ill effects, the county does not anticipate any problems with those workers, he said.