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Possible study of anthrax vaccine’s effectiveness in children stirs debate

Posted By admin On October 25, 2011 @ 8:03 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled

Rob Stein
Washington Post [1]
October 25, 2011

The Obama administration is wrestling with the thorny question of whether scientists should inject healthy children with the anthrax vaccine to see whether the shots would safely protect them against a bioterrorism attack.

The other option is to wait until an attack happens and then try to gather data from children whose parents agree to inoculate them in the face of an actual threat.

A key working group of federal advisers in September endorsed testing, sparking objections from those who consider that step unethical, unnecessary and dangerous. TheNational Biodefense Science Board [2] (NBSB), which advises the federal government, is to meet Friday to vote on its working group’s recommendation.

“At the end of the day, do we want to wait for an attack and give it to millions and millions of children and collect data at that time?” said Daniel B. Fagbuyi [3] of Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, who chaired the group. “Or do we want to say: ‘How do we best protect our children?’ We can take care of Grandma and Grandpa, Uncle and Auntie. But right now, we have nothing for the children.”

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[1] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/possible-study-of-anthrax-vaccines-effectiveness-in-children-stirs-debate/2011/10/13/gIQAFWLdDM_story.html

[2] National Biodefense Science Board: http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/legal/boards/nbsb/Pages/default.aspx

[3] Daniel B. Fagbuyi: http://www.childrensnational.org/FindADoctor/DoctorProfile.aspx?DoctorId=3185&Name=Daniel%20B%20Fagbuyi,%20MD

[4] University study: Flu vaccine effectiveness claims are wildly exaggerated: http://www.prisonplanet.com/university-study-flu-vaccine-effectiveness-claims-are-wildly-exaggerated.html

[5] Are american children to be used in medical experiments to test anthrax vaccine?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/are-american-children-to-be-used-in-medical-experiments-to-test-anthrax-vaccine.html

[6] Children May Be Given Death-Linked Anthrax Shots Under Bioterrorism Scare Trials: http://www.prisonplanet.com/children-may-be-given-death-linked-anthrax-shots-under-bioterrorism-scare-trials.html

[7] Children Who Get Flu Vaccine Have Three Times Risk Of Hospitalization For Flu, Study Suggests: http://www.prisonplanet.com/children-who-get-flu-vaccine-have-three-times-risk-of-hospitalization-for-flu-study-suggests.html

[8] Study: Unvaccinated children far less prone to allergies and disease than vaccinated children: http://www.prisonplanet.com/study-unvaccinated-children-far-less-prone-to-allergies-and-disease-than-vaccinated-children.html

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