Accession Number:

ADA402086

Title:

Service Member Resistance to the Department of Defense Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program

Descriptive Note:

Strategy research rept.

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-02-19

Pagination or Media Count:

44.0

Abstract:

The current Department of Defense anthrax vaccination policy has suffered from phenomenally negative publicity, resulting in significant distrust and reluctance among military members. Criticism has come not only from Internet conspiracy theorists, but from prominent figures in government, in academia, and in the popular media. Service members fear dangerous health effects from the vaccine. Unprecedented numbers of individuals have refused to comply with the policy, either through open disobedience or by leaving military service. Serious questions about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine remain unanswered. This paper reviews the policy, the controversy surrounding it, and the historical context in order to consider options for future actions relative to the policy.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE