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Why is there only a vaccine for military personnel but not the general public?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Level of risk
Vaccines are recommended for people at risk for certain diseases, most take 2-4 weeks to work.
Military personnel are at far greater risk, due to the nature of their work, for certain diseases. Thusly they are immunized against diseases we don't experience in the USA. This is particularly true for personnel on 'mobility' ie mobilized to the far reaches of the planet on a moment's notice.

In brief: Level of risk
Vaccines are recommended for people at risk for certain diseases, most take 2-4 weeks to work.
Military personnel are at far greater risk, due to the nature of their work, for certain diseases. Thusly they are immunized against diseases we don't experience in the USA. This is particularly true for personnel on 'mobility' ie mobilized to the far reaches of the planet on a moment's notice.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
All vaccines are available to other than military people if they meet certain criteria. Some include Civil Service or other government employees who must, by the nature of their work, be in areas where specific vaccines have to be given. Certain countries have their own requirements to enter. In that case a person may get a vaccine not usually given to the public. Some are risky but necessary.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
In brief: Which vaccine are
you referring to? Some vaccinations are mission required .
Without know what you are specifically referring to - can't give a very specific answer.

In brief: Which vaccine are
you referring to? Some vaccinations are mission required .
Without know what you are specifically referring to - can't give a very specific answer.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics
In brief: Which vaccine?
The only one that i can think of recently was the smallpox vaccine.
This was a common vaccine prior to 1972, but routine use was stopped at that time due to eradication of the disease worldwide. Post-9/11 there were concerns about the use of the virus (it"s still stored in some labs) in bioterrorism, leading to vaccinating some of the military. Some severe side effects limited its use.

In brief: Which vaccine?
The only one that i can think of recently was the smallpox vaccine.
This was a common vaccine prior to 1972, but routine use was stopped at that time due to eradication of the disease worldwide. Post-9/11 there were concerns about the use of the virus (it"s still stored in some labs) in bioterrorism, leading to vaccinating some of the military. Some severe side effects limited its use.
Dr. Mark Patterson
Dr. Mark Patterson
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