Fears over anthrax vaccination driving away US reservistsBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7267.980/b (Published 21 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:980
- Fred Charatan
A compulsory anthrax vaccination programme has led to a quarter of the 176 000 pilots and aircrew in the US air force reserve and national guard resigning or asking for reassignment.
The vaccination programme was started in December 1997 on the orders of the US secretary of defence, William Cohen, who was worried by intelligence reports that about a dozen nations had a biological warfare capability.
The defence department used a vaccine that it said had been administered safely for 29 years. It gave troops a series of injections over 18 …