Serial No. 106-131: Anthrax Vaccine Adverse Reactions: Hearing before the Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, July 21, 1999   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the opening Statement of Christopher Shays: "In April, we heard testimony from three members of the Michigan Air National Guard unit who suffered serious health effects after receiving the anthrax vaccine. Their personal stories conveyed the concerns of many men and women in our armed forces about the long-term safety of a little-used vaccine. Their testimony also raised important questions about the willingness and ability of the Department of Defense, DoD, anthrax vaccine immunization program [AVIP], to acknowledge the side effects and adverse reactions caused by the vaccine. We address those questions today. All vaccines cause reactions. In fact, that is their purpose, to stimulate a response from the immune system. But in doing so, vaccines also cause in some people varying degrees of negative health consequences ranging from a sore arm to potentially fatal hyper-sensitive or allergic reactions. If women suffer adverse health effects at twice the rate of men, DoD has an obligation to acknowledge and ameliorate those effects. If a pure vaccine or fewer than six inoculations would provide protection while causing fewer reactions, DoD again an obligation to pursue FDA approval of those options." Statements, letters, and material submitted for the record include those of the following: Kwai-Cheung Chan, Sushil K. Sharma, Robert Claypool, Michael Cowan, Frederick Gerber, Renata Engler, Susan Ellenberg, Miles Braun, Michele L. Piel, Richard Rovet, Sergeant Robert Soska, Jon Richter, John Jensen, and Christopher Shays.

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