Vaccine Use During the Gulf War
Information papers are reports of what we know today about military equipment and/or procedures used in the 1990-1991 Gulf War. This particular information paper on vaccine use during the Gulf War is not an investigative report, but is meant to provide the reader with a basic understanding of the vaccine policies and practices during the war. This paper provides background information on vaccines and vaccine-related issues, shows how the military develops and implements its vaccination policies, and reviews what we now know about vaccine use in the Gulf War. This is an interim paper, not a final paper. We hope that you will read this and contact us with any information that would help us better understand and report on vaccine use during the Gulf War. Please contact my office to report any new information by calling:
Last Update: December 7, 2000
Many veterans of the Gulf War have expressed concern that their unexplained illnesses may have resulted from their experiences in that war. In response to veterans concerns, the Department of Defense established a task force in June 1995 to investigate incidents and circumstances relating to possible causes. The Office of the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Gulf War Illnesses assumed responsibility for these investigations on November 12, 1996, and continues to gather information on vaccine use during the Gulf War. The offices interim report is contained here.
To inform the public about the progress of this office, the Department of Defense is publishing on the Internet and elsewhere accounts that may contribute to the discussion of possible causes of illnesses among Gulf War veterans, along with documentary evidence or personal testimony used in compiling the accounts. This information paper will aid in understanding how US forces used vaccines during the Gulf War.
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