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Growing Doubts Surround Anthrax Vaccine for Military

As the Pentagon moves thousands of troops into Iraq as part of a huge rotation of forces, soldiers, citizen groups and members of Congress are increasingly calling upon defense officials to stop the vaccinations. Growing numbers of soldiers are refusing the mandatory anthrax vaccine, citing the lack of anthrax in Iraq as a reason behind their stance. The vaccine has accumulated thousands of reports of adverse reactions ranging from headaches and vomiting to severe autoimmune and neurological problems and even death. When soldiers refuse the punishment is based solely on the discretion of the individual commander and could range from quiet discharge to imprisonment or court-martial. If you are not familiar with the anthrax vaccine or the issues surrounding it, I have posted many past articles on the topic.

Washington Post March 27, 2004

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