Mad Cow Risk/ Childhood Vaccine Shortage


Guests:

*George Gray
Acting Director, Harvard Center for Risk Analysis
Harvard School of Public Health
Harvard University
Boston, Massachusetts

*Linda Detwiler
Senior Staff Veterinarian
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
United States Department of Agriculture
Robinsville, New Jersey

*Dr. Peter Lurie
Deputy Director
Public Citizen's Health Research Group
Public Citizen
Washington, DC

*Dr. Kenneth I. Shine
President
Institute of Medicine
National Academy of Sciences
Washington, DC

In September, Japan reported its first case of mad cow disease, reigniting concerns that the disease could happen here in the U.S. But a new study conducted by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis says the risk of the disease taking hold here is small. In this hour, we'll look at the current U.S regulations regarding transmissable encephalopathies and see where changes might be made. Plus, insuring a steady supply of childhood vaccines.

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