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All GPs may get jab for smallpox

The Government has confirmed it will be vaccinating key health care workers such as GPs against smallpox, following media reports that smallpox jabs will shortly be offered to all doctors in the US.

A spokesman for the Department of Health told Pulse last week it was 'a question of when, not whether'.

Dr David Hagen, consultant in communicable disease control at Western Sussex PCT, said GPs would have to be vaccinated in case of a bioterroist attack. 'The key workers would include GPs. I think the Chief Medical Officer is considering it.'

Infectious disease expert Dr Ewan Gerard, a GP in West Sussex, said: 'All GPs will be regarded as key workers.'

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