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SWOT analysis: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the Israeli smallpoxMethods: We conducted a SWOT analysis of the current Israeli

    SWOT analysis: strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and

     threats of the Israeli smallpox

Huerta M, Balicer RD and Leventhal A.


     During September 2002, Israel began its current revaccination program against

    smallpox, targeting previously-vaccinated “first responders” among medical and

    emergency workers.


    To identify the potential strengths and weaknesses of this program, and the conditions under which critical decisions were reached.Methods: We conducted a SWOT

    analysis of the current Israeli revaccination program, designed to identify its intrinsic strengths and weaknesses, as well as opportunities for its success and threats against it. Results: We demonstrate clear and substantial strengths and weaknesses of the current

    smallpox revaccination program, intrinsic to the vaccine itself. We also identify a

    number of threats which may jeopardize the success of the current program, chief

    among them the appearance of severe complications of vaccination. It is clear that a

    generation of knowledge on smallpox vaccination is lacking, and that there is a need

    for improved physician education and dissipation of misconceptions that are prevalent

    in the public today. Conclusions: SWOT analysis is a practical tool for the study of

    public health policy decisions and the social and political contexts in which they are reached.

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