Department of Defense: Information About the Anthrax Vaccine and the Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program (AVIP)   [open pdf - 2MB]

"Anthrax is readily weaponized, highly lethal, and poses a clear threat. For more than three years, the Department of Defense has protected its personnel against anthrax weapons by means of the Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program (AVIP). The anthrax vaccine, licensed since 1970, protects against anthrax with a safety record like that of other vaccines. A supply shortage has forced a temporary slowdown in the program, but the Defense Department will resume the full AVIP as soon as the shortage resolves. Just as vaccines are required for school children for the good of the community, anthrax vaccine is mandatory for military personnel as an important force health protection measure. The Secretary of Defense, after assuring a program of high quality, directed the implementation of the Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program for the Total Force. It is very important that DoD be recognized as forthright, honest, and credible. The DoD began with an assertive program to inform people about the value of anthrax vaccination. We are steadily enhancing DoD's education efforts by installing a toll free information line (877-GET-VACC) and an authoritative Internet web site (www.anthrax.osd.mil). It is the policy of the United States government to protect the Armed Forces against clear biological warfare threats when a safe and effective vaccine is available. The FDA-licensed anthrax vaccine is such a vaccine."

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