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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

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...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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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 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?

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 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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What are the long-term side effects of the dod small pox and anthrax vaccines from 2003?

What are the long-term side effects of the dod small pox and anthrax vaccines from 2003?

VaccinesNotGiven: Small pox vaccine has not been used in United States since 1972.And there is no vaccine for Anthrax.
I don't know why you would ask this question. When small pox vaccine used to be given, it had some complications short term bu long term it provided life long immunity against the deadly disease.
There is no vaccine foe Anthrax, never was and never given ...Read more

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Where can I find out about the long term affects of having been given anthrax vaccines?

Where can I find out about the long term affects of having been given anthrax vaccines?

See below: See this site for information about anthrax vaccine.
www. Cdc. Gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-anthrax. Pdf. ...Read more

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Can anthrax be cured by a vaccine?

Can anthrax be cured by a vaccine?

No: Vaccines don't cure infections, they prevent them. Getting a vaccine after infection, in most cases, is worthless and will have nothing to do with cure. ...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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Is anthrax a serious health risk?

Few Cases/ Serious: There are very few cases of anthrax - however infection wth anthrax is a serious healh problem with a high fatality rate for GI & inhalational anthrax. ...Read more

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Is anthrax in the soil all around us?

Is anthrax in the soil all around us?

Soil born spores: Anthrax spores are soil born. They can be ingested by herbivor mammals. These mammals can subsequently be eaten by carnivorous mammals. People can come in contact with infected hides or meat. Animal outbreaks are most often seen in undeveloped countries. ...Read more

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How many different types of anthrax are there?

How many different types of anthrax are there?

1 germ/3-4 forms: There is one anthrax germ that produces human illness based on how it enters the body. Inhaled spores can produce pulmonary anthrax (terrorist act), eating raw meat or dairy from infected animals can produce mouth & throat or gastrointestinal anthrax. Spores that are scratched into the skin surface can produce a skin sore. See www. Bt.Cdc. Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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What occurs if your body were exposed to anthrax?

Route of exposure: If anthrax spores are introduced into the skin, it causes a local sore and ulcer and mortality is limited. Eating contaminate meat causes gastro-intestinal infection with appreciable mortality. Inhalation of spores causes the most severe disease by affecting the lungs. See this site for more info.
http://www. Bt.cdc. Gov/agent/anthrax/. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Anthrax?

What is the definition or description of: Anthrax?

Anthrax: Bacillus microbe that is highly resistant to extreme environmental states. Commonly occurs in livestock industry and has military potential in a weaponized state. Leads to eschar formation on skin as large black area of dead flesh. ...Read more

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Why is anthrax so hard to kill?

Spores: Anthrax bacterial form spores with a thick coat and the spore form can remain dormant for years. ...Read more

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Is my hookah poisoned with anthrax?

Not likely: But using tobacco is a very bad idea. ...Read more

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How is anthrax spread? Is it contagious?

How is anthrax spread? Is it contagious?

Contact with spores: Anthrax is not spread person to person! As we saw in 2001, spores that were sent thru the mail as a terrorist act can be inhaled & cause pulmonary anthrax. Short of this exposure, spores can be ingested on contaminated (uncooked) food and cause infection from the base of the tongue thru the GI tract. It can also cause a painless sore on the skin. See www. Bt.Cdc. Gov/agent/anthrax. ...Read more

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Who should be vaccinated against anthrax?

Military & lab work: People at risk for contracting anthrax should be immunized against it. Currently certain military personnel, people who work with anthrax in labs, people who work with imported animal hides or furs from areas of high levels of anthrax, and veterinarians working in areas (outside of usa) with high levels of anthrax. ...Read more

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What are the case fatality rates for the various forms of anthrax?

Depends on treatment: Cutaneous anthrax- 5-20% fatality if untreated; < 1% with antibiotics; inhalation anthrax-99% fatal if untreated; 45-80% fatal in pts with severe symptoms even if treated. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for anthrax?

Anthrax Rx: The best treatment is Ciprofloxacin 500 mg twice a day for 5 days. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of anthrax poison?

Bacterial infection: Anthrax is a bacterial infection with three major types of manifestations, in order or severity, cutaneous, gastrointestinal and pulmonary. Pulmonary infection, once it becomes apparent as pneumonia is usually lethal. Gi type causes severe bloody diarrhea and skin forms presents as an ulcer with fever. ...Read more

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What to do if do about inhalation anthrax?

Antibiotics: Anthrax is treated with antibiotics. Mortality rate for inhalation anthrax is 50 to 90 % even w antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an anthrax infection?

A bad one: Anthrax infection is caused by the bacteria bacillus anthracis. It can cause troubles with your lungs and breathing, rashes, and gastrointestinal upset, among other symptoms. The concern nowadays is that it can be used as a weapon in spore form (e.g. Through the mail). Thankfully, it can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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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