Marines Start Smallpox Shots For Civilians Deploying With Troops

By Thomas Duffy / February 24, 2003 at 5:00 AM
The Marine Corps has started a smallpox immunization program for civilian workers who may be deployed overseas with Marine units. In early January, the service started a similar immunization effort for all Marines heading to U.S. Central Command, which includes Iraq. On Feb. 21, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Michael Hagee sent a message to all Marine Corps commands granting the authority to start the civilian smallpox immunization program. The civilians affected are those deemed emergency essential and mission essential who...

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