Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to site content Skip directly to page options
CDC Home

Webcast: "Clinical Management of Adverse Events Following Smallpox Vaccination: A National Training Initiative"

Public Health Training Network Satellite/Internet Broadcast
(Originally aired February 4, 2003, 1:00 PM ET – 2:30 PM ET)

Note: Careful monitoring of smallpox vaccinations given since this program has begun has suggested that the vaccine may cause myocarditis, pericarditis, and/or myopericarditis.


Implementation of a smallpox vaccination program requires clinicians to be prepared to recognize and provide care to persons who develop adverse reactions as a result of vaccination. This program will provide information to clinicians on assessment, diagnosis, management, and treatment of patients with suspected adverse events.

Viewing the Webcast

Closed-Captioned Webcast RealOne Player RealOne Player format (1 hr 26 min)
The first 16 minutes of this broadcast does not contain closed captioning. We apologize for any inconvenience. A fully captioned version will be available within three weeks.

Non–Closed-Captioned Webcast RealOne Player RealOne Player format (1 hr 26 min)

View the Slides from the Webcast

Microsoft PowerPoint
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Recognition of Adverse Reactions following Smallpox Vaccination 3.65 MB 496 KB
Current expectations for laboratory testing and adverse Smallpox Vaccine Reactions 714 KB 324 KB
Management of Smallpox Vaccine Adverse Events 2.79 MB 438 KB
Smallpox Vaccine Safety and Reporting Adverse Events 263 KB 106 KB


Prepare clinicians to recognize, report, and clinically manage adverse reactions to smallpox vaccination.


  • Explain the rationale for smallpox vaccination
  • Define the vaccination risks
  • Recognize mild and serious vaccine complications
  • Describe diagnosis, management, and treatment strategies for patients with vaccine adverse events
  • Explain the procedures for adverse event reporting

Target Audience

  • Clinical specialists, including infectious disease specialists, dermatologists, critical care specialists, neurologists, ophthalmologists, allergists, and immunologists
  • Primary care clinicians, including emergency room clinicians, internists, pediatricians, and family medicine physicians
  • State and local health department staff involved in adverse event assessment and reporting


Inger Damon, Chief, Poxvirus Section, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC)
Gina Mootrey, DO, MPH, Medical Officer, Vaccine Safety and Development Activity, Epidemiology and Surveillance Division, National Immunization Program, CDC
Lisa Rotz, MD, Chief, Epidemiology Surveillance and Response Branch, Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program, NCID, CDC

Registration and Continuing Education Information

Continuing Education is no longer being offered for this course.

Participants are encouraged but not required to register and evaluate the broadcast/webcast on the CDC/ATSDR Training and Continuing Education Online System at

A certificate of attendance will be awarded to participants who complete the evaluation. Although continuing education credit is not available for the broadcast/webcast, registration and evaluation will provide valuable feedback to CDC. Participants will have until March 4, 2003 to register and evaluate the broadcast/webcast. Course numbers are listed below:
Satellite Broadcast - SB0126
Webcast - WC0026

Participant registration will be open January 17, 2003. No site registration will be available for the broadcast/webcast.

Questions about registration should be directed to 800-41-TRAIN, 404-639-1292, or email When emailing a request, please indicate Clinical Management of Adverse Events Following Smallpox Vaccination in the subject line.

Videotapes and CD-ROMs

The Public Health Foundation (PHF) will distribute videotapes and CD-ROMs, shortly after the broadcast. Contact the PHF by calling 877-252-1200, visiting, or emailing them at When emailing a request, please indicate Clinical Management of Adverse Events Following Smallpox Vaccination in the subject line. Please include your name, mailing address, phone number and specify which module(s) and media type you prefer.


Public Health Foundation (PHF) and others. (It is through the support of many dedicated public health, clinician and medical organization partners that this training program is possible.)

Contact Us: - Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC-INFO

A-Z Index

  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z
  27. #