As states notify the Centers for Disease Control, the vaccine is boxed up and shipped in insulated containers holding the vaccine kits, cold packs, and a temperature monitor -- since the vaccine must be kept between 34 and 46 degrees.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health and Human Services is working to form nationwide volunteer smallpox response teams that could provide critical services in the event of a smallpox attack. These first shipments across the country are intended for emergency, health care workers, and other critical personnel who have volunteered to be on the front lines in the event of such an emergency.
As for Texas, Barry Wilson with the State Department of Health says small pox shipments should be in our state by the end of the month. But remember, the government is not recommending the vaccine for the general public at this time.