Vaccines Threaten Up To 44,000 Soldiers

Excerpt: A U.S. soldier who is serving in Iraq is being punished for refusing an anthrax vaccine that has a questionable safety record, and apparently will be drummed out of the service. But such punishments may be of no avail to the military; the word already is out in a government report that up to an estimated 44,000 servicemembers could end up with "severe adverse events (including) disability or death" from such mandatory medicines. The recent case involves Pfc. Leif Hamre, 22, who reports he's been subjected to threats and intimidation after refusing to take the controversial anthrax vaccine, and was given a variety of punishments including 18-hour work days.

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