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Medical News & Perspectives
March 27, 2002

Despite Finding Anthrax Vaccine Useful, IOM Recommends Seeking a Better One

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JAMA. 2002;287(12):1516-1517. doi:10.1001/jama.287.12.1516-JMN0327-3-1

Washington—The nation's only anthrax vaccine, mandatory for most military personnel since 1998, is as safe as any other vaccine and will prevent infection from inhaled spores, concludes an extensive report issued by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) early this month. However, the report committee made it clear that the vaccine should be given only to those at high risk for exposure. Last fall's anthrax attacks left some physicians in a quandary when panicked patients demanded the vaccine.