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US judge halts compulsory anthrax vaccination for soldiers

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 04 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1062
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    A US federal judge has ordered the Department of Defense to halt compulsory anthrax vaccination of soldiers, saying that the Food and Drug Administration violated its own rules by failing to seek public comment before approving the vaccine.

    The Pentagon began a programme to inoculate 2.4 million troops in 1998, and so far 1.2 million have received the shot. But more than 500 members of the armed forces have been disciplined or court-martialled for refusing it. One soldier received a seven month prison sentence.

    Six unnamed …

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