meanie88 asks:

can the cdc personnel force the smallpox vaccine on people suspected of bioterrorism?

In Topics: Physical Health
> 60 days ago



Sep 11, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can only make recommendations and not force anyone to take any action concerning their health or a health-related event, such as a bioterrorist-related event.  The executive or legislative branches of the federal or state governments are the agencies that can mandate specific interventions, such as a smallpox vaccination versus a bioterrorist-related smallpox release.  These government agencies often elicit and pay heed to the recommendations made by the CDC, however the CDC does not have the authority by itself to force the American public to take specific actions.

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