Soldiers death tied to vaccine

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  1. Shizamus

    Shizamus New Member

    Jun 27, 2001
    The Washington Post

    U.S. Soldier's Death Is Tied To Vaccines

    By David Brown
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, November 19, 2003; Page A19

    A 22-year-old female soldier who died last spring after getting multiple
    vaccines, including the one against smallpox, succumbed to an immune system
    disease apparently triggered by the immunizations.

    That is the conclusion of a panel of experts reviewing the military's
    experience with smallpox vaccine, which has been given to about 515,000
    troops in the past year. A second panel believes that vaccination "possibly"
    caused the young woman's death.

    The woman received smallpox, typhoid, anthrax, hepatitis B and
    measles-mumps-rubella vaccine on March 2. On April 4, she died of lung
    complications caused by an acute attack of the autoimmune disease lupus.

    She had never shown symptoms, but analysis of two blood samples stored in
    the military's 30-million-sample repository showed that she had
    abnormalities associated with lupus as far back as 1998.

    The vaccinations apparently triggered a first "flare" of lupus, which an
    Army official, Col. John D. Grabenstein, said has been observed a few times
    in civilians. Neither panel cited a specific vaccine as the cause.

    A panel of scientists from the government's Advisory Committee on
    Immunization Practices and Armed Forces Epidemiology Board said the evidence
    "strongly favors" the theory that vaccination led to the death. A committee
    convened by the Health Resources and Services Administration split on the
    issue, with three members saying it was "possible" and two that it was

    William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs,
    said there are no plans to change the vaccination program.

    A study published last summer reported 18 nonfatal cases of myocarditis, or
    inflammation of the heart muscle, among troops getting smallpox vaccine.
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