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Bioterrorism and compulsory vaccination: Arguments for current vaccines are based on inadequate support for older vaccines

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 21 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:977
  1. Walter R Schumm (, professor1
  1. 1 School of Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University, Justin Hall, 1700 Anderson Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66506-1403, USA

    EDITOR—Jefferson discussed some of the major flaws of the study by Brachman et al with respect to policies making certain vaccines compulsory in the US military.1 2 Additional shortcomings of the study by Brachman et al have been described in fuller detail elsewhere.35 For example, the often reported rate of 92.5% effectiveness for the anthrax vaccine sounds impressive but should be considered against the actual results in which 99.7% (378/379) of vaccinated workers avoided anthrax infection compared with 96.4% (399/414) of placebo workers. Thus the vaccine protected …

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