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Smallpox Vaccinations

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wisconsin health officials have a plan to vaccinate several thousand medical workers against smallpox. Now they just need to figure out how to pay for it.

They say about $19 million in federal bioterrorism money is already earmarked for other projects.

The Bush administration wants each state to inoculate medical workers against smallpox in case terrorists unleash the virus.

About 4,700 people in Wisconsin could be voluntarily vaccinated.

The federal government plans to provide the vaccine and special double-syringes to administer it.

Jim Malone is a spokesman for the state Department of Health and Family Services. He says 4,000 vaccinations in Wisconsin shouldn't be extremely expensive.

He calls finding the money to pay for the plan a problem -- not a crisis.