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There is no greater betrayal by government than to order a citizen to risk injury or death “for the greater good” and then treat that person and their family like dirt once the harm is done. The inhumane treatment of the vaccine injured at the hands of doctors in denial and the refusal of government to compensate the majority of those injured, while blocking lawsuits against drug companies profiting from mandated vaccines, is a national scandal. 1
A recent news report by Action News JAX in Florida investigated reports by two combat marines, who suffered heart inflammation (myopericarditis) and permanent health damage after smallpox vaccinations they were ordered to take. The investigation discovered that the U.S. government is still refusing to compensate soldiers for smallpox vaccine-related health problems, such as heart inflammation, even when those health problems are acknowledged as causally related by the vaccine manufacturer in a black box warning on the package insert and by government health officials. 2 3
The callous indifference toward once healthy young men and women disabled or killed by smallpox and anthrax vaccinations, which the Department of Defense insists are necessary to combat “bioterrorism,” has been going on since soldiers started heading to the Gulf War in the early 1990s and came home sick and disabled. 4 From pregnant women soldiers given Biothrax anthrax vaccine, 5 whose babies were born with birth defects, 6 to the cover-up of anthrax vaccine related deaths of Army soldiers, 7 to Air Force pilots whose careers ended with crippling anthrax vaccine injuries or court martials for refusing to get the shots, 8 the history of the US military vaccination program is marked by human experimentation 9 and violation of human rights. 10 11
The tragic consequences of the government’s callous indifference toward the vaccine injured is poignantly illustrated in interviews with anthrax vaccine injured soldiers in Scott Miller’s award winning 2003 documentary “Direct Order.”
Anthrax and smallpox vaccines continue to be given to U.S. soldiers, even though no weapons of mass destruction (WMD) supplies of weaponized anthrax and smallpox, have been found. 12 13 And, yet, the reports of vaccine injuries and deaths from both vaccines keep piling up. 14 15 16
As of April 14, 2017, there have been 5,392 reports of smallpox vaccine reactions, injuries and deaths filed with the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), including about 3,000 emergency room visits, 670 cases involving permanent injuries and 17 deaths. There have been 8,553 anthrax vaccine reactions, injuries and deaths reported to VAERS, including about 3,700 emergency room visits, 2,150 cases involving permanent injuries and 30 deaths. 17
The U.S. government has yet to make public the numbers of smallpox and anthrax vaccine injured soldiers and other military personnel, who have filed and received compensation. 18 The personal experiences of vaccine wounded warriors indicate most of them are left to suffer on their own.
America’s vaccine injured military personnel and their families deserve more from our government than stonewalling and denial of compensation after they volunteered to serve and put their lives on the line for our country.
1 Fisher BL. Vaccine Injury Compensation: Government’s Broken Social Contract with Parents. NVIC Newsletter Nov. 2, 2015.
2 FDA. ACAM2000 Smallpox Vaccinia Vaccine (Live) Prescribing Information Package Insert. Sanofi-Pasteur 2007.
3 Cassimatis DC, Atwood SE, Engler RM, Linz PE. Smallpox vaccine and myopericarditis: A clinical review. Journal of American College of Cardiology 2004; 43(9): 1503-1510.
4 Parpia R, Fisher BL. The Anthrax Vaccine and Gulf War Illness. The Vaccine Reaction Apr. 30, 2017.
5 FDA. BioThrax Anthrax Vaccine Prescribing Information Package Insert. Emergent BioSolutions 2015.
6 Ryan MAK, Smith TC, Sevick CJ et al. Birth Defects among Infants Born to Women Who Received Anthrax Vaccine in Pregnancy. Am J Epidemiol 2008; 168: 434-442.
7 Benjamin M. Father of dead soldier claims Army coverup. UPI Aug. 2, 2003.
8 Schonauer S. AF officer repeatedly refuses anthrax shot, but does not get day in court. Stars & Stripes Aug. 2, 2003.
9 Nass M. The Anthrax Vaccine Project: An Analysis of the CDC’s Recommendations for Vaccine Use. Am J Public Health 2002; 92(6): 715-721.
10 Kaufman M. U.S. Barred from Forcing Troops to Get Anthrax Shots. Washington Post Oct. 28, 2004.
11 Black L. Informed Consent in the Military: The Anthrax Vaccination Case. American Medical Association Journal of Ethics 2007; 9(1): 698-702.
12 Fisher BL. NVIC Special Report: Biological Warfare and Anthrax Vaccine. NVIC Newsletter December 2001.
13 Associated Press. CIA’s final report: No WMDs found in Iraq. NBC Apr. 25, 2005.
14 Medical News Today. Sister of A Soldier Who Received More Than 6 Shots of the Anthrax Vaccine: Public comments from Aug. 1, 2008 to May 17, 2017.
15 Tack DM, Karem KL et al. Unintentional transfer of vaccinia virus associated with smallpox vaccines. Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics 2013; 9(7).
16 Schwartz J. Soldier’s Smallpox Inoculation Sickens Son. New York Times May 18, 2007.
17 MedAlerts. Search the VAERS Database.
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