Well­ness Arti­cles

Anthrax Vac­cine Rejected by More US Mil­i­tary Per­son­nel

In what seems to be an increas­ing trend, more mil­i­tary per­son­nel are will­ing to face harsh penal­ties rather than receive the anthrax vac­cine. The tele­vi­sion news show “60 Min­utes” ran a story on Feb. 6, 2000 con­cern­ing an ever increas­ing num­ber of mil­i­tary per­son­nel refus­ing the anthrax vac­cine. In some cases those in the reserves were resign­ing from the ser­vice rather than sub­mit to the vac­ci­na­tion. The fea­tured mil­i­tary offi­cer was Major Son­nie Bates who faces court-​martial or prison for his stand. In addi­tion to the 60 Min­utes show an Asso­ci­ated Press arti­cle of Jan. 29, 2000 also reported on Major Son­nie Bates who may be the high­est rank­ing offi­cer in the US Air Force to face court-​martial for refus­ing the shots. In sup­port of the Major, dozens of peo­ple protested out­side Dover Air Force Base. The pro­test­ers car­ried signs which read: “Free Major Bates” and “My hus­band will take a bul­let for Amer­ica but not the Anthrax vac­cine.” “The peo­ple who refuse this vac­cine are being raped of the same civil rights they fight to pro­tect,” said one pro­tester Glo­ria Webb of Ellen­dale. In defense of his actions Major Bates com­mented, “I am doing what I have always been trained to do and taught to do,” he said. “If you know it is right, you stand up for it. And like­wise, if you know it is wrong, you have to chal­lenge it. No mat­ter what the con­se­quences.” Maj. Son­nie Bates faces up to five years in a mil­i­tary prison for dis­obey­ing an order.

Ran­dom Article

An Asso­ci­ated Press arti­cle dated Sep­tem­ber 20, 2002 reported that the US Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion (FDA) had issued a warn­ing on the

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