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Can anthrax be cured by a vaccine?

Can anthrax be cured by a vaccine?

Vaccine = prevention: Biothrax is the acellular anthrax vaccine licensed by the fda for use in the us. It is used for prevention. Antibiotics are used for treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more


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Is the anthrax vaccine safe?

Is the anthrax vaccine safe?

Anthrax vaccine: Although much has been written in the lay press about it, the current anthrax vaccine is safe. The most common side effect, like most vaccines, is injection site pain. ...Read more

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Is there an anthrax vaccine for me too take?

Is there an anthrax vaccine for me too take?

There is a vaccine.: An anthrax vaccine has been licensed since 1970. It is only given to those who have risk of exposure. Here is the centers for disease control direct link for you on the anthrax vaccine. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/anthrax.html. ...Read more

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Is the anthrax vaccine available to the public?

Is the anthrax vaccine available to the public?

Well, yes, but...: Not on any voluntary basis that just any one can get. People at high risk may get it, such as vets, farmers or researchers who handle anthrax, or military personnel. ...Read more

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I'm afraid of a bioterrorist anthrax attack, is there a publicly available vaccine?

Vaccine available: A vaccine is available and you should consult your doctor to determine need for it and your suitability as a recipient. Please note that you are more likely to get hit by lightening than get anthrax from a terrorist attack. ...Read more

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I am in the military and I worried about the anthrax vaccine. Is it dangerous?

I am in the military and I worried about the anthrax vaccine.  Is it dangerous?

Necessary protection: The anthrax vaccine is as safe as it can be made, but is only recommended for military, lab personnel and environmental workers who are at the highest risk for exposure to anthrax spores. Antibiotics can only kill the bacterium -- not the spores that would be more likely used in a terrorist attack. http://www.chop.edu/service/vaccine-education-center/a-look-at-each-vaccine/anthrax-vaccine.html. ...Read more

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Is anthrax severe?

Can be: Pulmonary anthrax can be deadly within days. Other forma, not so problamatic but worthy of agressive treatment. See www.Bt.Cdc.Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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Dr. Helle Lukk
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Anthrax (Definition)

Anthrax is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Bacillus anthracis. There is a variety of symptoms, most of which involve the skin, ...Read more