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Broadcast: "Smallpox and Vaccinia Laboratory Testing: A National Training Initiative"

Public Health Training Network Satellite/Internet Broadcast
(Originally aired January 29, 2003, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET)


As part of the requirements to implement a national vaccination program, the Nation’s laboratorians must be prepared to provide information about available laboratory testing of febrile rash illnesses, and evaluation of vaccinia (smallpox) vaccine related adverse events to clinicians and others who use laboratory services. This program will explain the relationship and resources available in clinical and public health laboratories, indications for laboratory testing, the types and availability of testing, test interpretation, and specific specimen collection, handling, and transportation requirements.

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Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers from the webcast are now available.


Prepare the Nation’s laboratorians to respond effectively to vaccine adverse events and the intentional release of smallpox.


  • Explain when laboratory testing is indicated.
  • Describe types of diagnostic tests available.
  • List the types of specimens for specific tests.
  • Describe how specimens should be collected, handled, and transported.
  • Describe safety practices.
  • Explain the components of event management for the laboratory.

Target Audience

All laboratorians and those who use laboratory services. Laboratorians in state and local public health, clinical, reference, and physician office laboratories. Pathologists, physicians, phlebotomists, and specimen handlers and transporters. State Chief Medical Officers and Epidemiologists.


Inger Damon, MD, PhD, Chief, Poxvirus Section, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC)
Kati Kelley, DrPH (invited)
Richard Meyer, PhD, NCID, CDC
Russell Regnery, PhD, NCID, CDC
Scott Schmid, PhD, NCID, CDC

Registration and Continuing Education Information

* Continuing Education will 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 February 28, 2003 to register and evaluate the broadcast/webcast. Course numbers are listed below:
Satellite Broadcast - SB0125
Webcast - WC0025

Participant registration will be open January 16, 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 Smallpox Vaccinia Laboratory Testing: A National Training Initiative 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 Smallpox Vaccinia Laboratory Testing: A National Training Initiative in the subject line. Please include your name, mailing address, phone number and specify which module(s) and media type you prefer.


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and the dedicated support of many other organizations

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