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More Than 200 Boston & Worcester Nursing Students Complete Smallpox Vaccine Training


On March 3, the Boston Nursing class of 2011 completed a smallpox training and vaccine administration certification in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The training is provided each year as part of a course in community and home health care at the Boston and Worcester campuses. More than 200 Nursing students have completed the certification training since 2008. The students consistently report enjoying this training activity and learning the value and importance of being certified in this skill. The smallpox training is provided to the nursing students as a way to increase capacity and resources of knowledgeable and qualified health care personnel for public health and in support of the efforts backed by the Centers for Disease Control. Although routine vaccinations for smallpox have not been administered in the United States for more than 30 years, it remains one of the most feared infectious diseases as an agent of bioterrorism despite being eradicated in 1979, according to the World Health Organization. By completing this training, MCPHS students meet clinical objectives by demonstrating technical skill while engaging in a significant emergency preparedness activity undertaken by the United States Department of Homeland Security.