Journal Article

Immunization against Potential Biological Warfare Agents

Theodore J. Cieslak, George W. Christopher, Mark G. Kortepeter, John R. Rowe, Julie A. Pavlin, Randall C. Culpepper and Edward M. Eitzen

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 30, issue 6, pages 843-850
Published in print June 2000 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online June 2000 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/313812
Immunization against Potential Biological Warfare Agents

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The intentional release of biological agents by belligerents or terrorists is a possibility that has recently attracted increased attention. Law enforcement agencies, military planners, public health officials, and clinicians are gaining an increasing awareness of this potential threat. From a military perspective, an important component of the protective pre-exposure armamentarium against this threat is immunization. In addition, certain vaccines are an accepted component of postexposure prophylaxis against potential bioterrorist threat agents. These vaccines might, therefore, be used to respond to a terrorist attack against civilians. We review the development of vaccines against 10 of the most credible biological threats.

Journal Article.  6617 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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