Bioterrorism paranoia is back. Should kids be injected with it?
The Washington Post reports today in “Anthrax Quandry: Vaccine tests on kids“,
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.
We’re all for vaccinating children against real and significant infectious disease threats, but bioterrorism is too rare and any anthrax attack would be limited in scope — so it makes little sense to go to the expense and trauma of widespread vaccination of children. Moreover, Anthrax victims can be easily treated after exposure. Plus if a would-be-bioterrorist is smart enough to weaponize anthrax, how much harder would it be to defeat the vaccine?
Now that bioterrorism industry is back, click below for Steve Milloy’s six FoxNews.com columns on bioterrorism from September-November 2001:
- Flu Shot Frenzy Not Anthrax Answer, November 2, 2001
- Health Officials Not to Blame in Anthrax Deaths, October 26, 2001
- Misinformation Is Real Anthrax Danger, October 19, 2001
- Concerns Vs. Chaos in the Anthrax Scare, October 12, 2001
- Smallpox Attack Exaggerated, October 5, 2001
- Bio-Terror Fear More Costly Than Attacks, September 28, 2001