Anthrax Vaccine Presentation Outline: I. Introduction A. Anthrax Vaccination Program in the Military is now mandatory despite rejection from members. (strong tone, get attention with serious statement) • Three years ago, the program was halted on a mandatory basis due to investigations. II. Background of Anthrax A. First found in livestock in the 1824 in Kentucky. B. Anthrax is toxic spores that enter the body via inhalation or, more commonly, breaks in the skin (cutaneous). • Spores stop tissue from absorbing oxygen causing respiratory and heart failure. C. Fear of weaponized anthrax attacks by mid-east countries prompted military anthrax immunizations. • Saddam Hussein in the first Gulf War had threatened to use chemical weapons like anthrax against coalition forces. D. Anthrax vaccination is only proven effective against cutaneous infection. No human testing has be done on weaponized air-borne spores. • There is an antibiotic to treat anthrax infection that is proven effective vs. vaccine that is shrouded with doubt. III. Gulf War testing and possible relation of anthrax and Gulf War syndrome A. Military members given vaccine during Gulf War without proper testing of vaccine or informed consent. B. Military members suspect link between Gulf War syndrome and the anthrax vaccine and its side effects from being mixed with other untested chemicals. IV. Reports of side effects from military members begin A. Dover AFB has multiple reporting accounts. B. Vaccine vials are found to be tainted with squalene, a fat-like substance that causes adverse side effects like joint and muscle pain. V. Military members reject vaccine A. Those that refuse vaccine are punished, discharged, and/or sent to prison for not following orders. (strong point here that most were highly decorated troops with no history of misconduct) B. Department of Defense asserts safety of vaccine • Vaccinations are halted for three years due to numerous complaints and the tainted vials. VI. Mandatory vaccinations resume A. Vaccinations are given to those at high risk for infection or to those deploying to high risk areas. B. Members still uncertain of new vaccine • Survey results (use tables and/or figures) • Give analyzed statement of results VII. Conclusion A. Review topic B. Is there a real anthrax threat? (No weapons found in Iraq…) C. Give final statement of position on topic

Anthrax Vaccine Presentation Outline:

 

  1. Introduction
    1. Anthrax Vaccination Program in the Military is now mandatory despite rejection from members. (strong tone, get attention with serious statement)
  • Three years ago, the program was halted on a mandatory basis due to investigations.
  1. Background of Anthrax
    1. First found in livestock in the 1824 in Kentucky.
    2. Anthrax is toxic spores that enter the body via inhalation or, more commonly, breaks in the skin (cutaneous).
  • Spores stop tissue from absorbing oxygen causing respiratory and heart failure.
  1. Fear of weaponized anthrax attacks by mid-east countries prompted military anthrax immunizations.
  • Saddam Hussein in the first Gulf War had threatened to use chemical weapons like anthrax against coalition forces.
  1. Anthrax vaccination is only proven effective against cutaneous infection.  No human testing has be done on weaponized air-borne spores.
  • There is an antibiotic to treat anthrax infection that is proven effective vs. vaccine that is shrouded with doubt.
  1. Gulf War testing and possible relation of anthrax and Gulf War syndrome
    1. Military members given vaccine during Gulf War without proper testing of vaccine or informed consent.
    2. Military members suspect link between Gulf War syndrome and the anthrax vaccine and its side effects from being mixed with other untested chemicals.
    3. Reports of side effects from military members begin
      1. Dover AFB has multiple reporting accounts.
      2. Vaccine vials are found to be tainted with squalene, a fat-like substance that causes adverse side effects like joint and muscle pain.
      3. Military members reject vaccine
        1. Those that refuse vaccine are punished, discharged, and/or sent to prison for not following orders. (strong point here that most were highly decorated troops with no history of misconduct)
        2. Department of Defense asserts safety of vaccine
  • Vaccinations are halted for three years due to numerous complaints and the tainted vials.
  1. Mandatory vaccinations resume
    1. Vaccinations are given to those at high risk for infection or to those deploying to high risk areas.
    2. Members still uncertain of new vaccine
  • Survey results (use tables and/or figures)
  • Give analyzed statement of results
  1. Conclusion
    1. Review topic
    2. Is there a real anthrax threat?  (No weapons found in Iraq…)
    3. Give final statement of position on topic

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