Army: Info in Anthrax memo "false and completely without merit"

April 19, 2018 - 10:43 am

The U.S. Army is confirming that the information in an internal memorandum about bad batches of Anthrax vaccine is incorrect.

“Second Battalion, 35th Air Defense Artillery Brigade recently published an internal memorandum with the intent of informing Soldiers of the potential health risks associated with the anthrax vaccine based on information they believed was correct,”said Christina Wright, a media relations officer at Eighth Army Public Affairs, in an email to ConnectingVets.com.

“Defense Health Agency representatives have verified the information is false and completely without merit. Once the brigade discovered the error, the correct information was published to their Soldiers,” she said.

The memorandum, of which a screenshot was circulated on social media, said it was tasking soldiers in the unit to find those who had been given “bad Anthrax batches” while they were stationed at either Fort Campbell or Fort Drum between 2001 to 2007 for Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom.

“The potential side effects of vaccines, including anthrax, are generally mild and temporary,” she added.

The memorandum claimed that those who were give the bad batch of the vaccine should be notified of “possible 100 percent VA disabilities.”

“While the risk of serious harm is extremely small, there is a remote chance of a vaccine causing serious injury or death. In those rare cases, VA disability or death benefits may be granted,” Wright said.