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Bioterrorism and compulsory vaccination: United States continues vaccinating to keep troops healthy

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 21 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:977
  1. John D Grabenstein (, deputy director1,
  2. William Winkenwerder Jr, assistant secretary of defense (health affairs)2
  1. 1 Military Vaccine Agency, 5113 Leesburg Pike, Suite 402, Falls Church, VA 22041 USA
  2. 2 Washington, DC, USA

    EDITOR—Jefferson questions military use of anthrax and smallpox vaccines licensed as safe and effective by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).1 The Department of Defense is concerned about the safety of US service members, so we vaccinate them to keep them healthy. Vaccination provides the only round the clock protection against the malicious use of microbes as weapons.

    Our vaccination programmes are based …

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