October 29, 2011

Anthrax Vaccine Won't Be Tested on Children

Randolph Schmid, Associated Press


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Should the anthrax vaccine be tested in children? It will be a while longer before the government decides.

An advisory board said Friday that ethical issues need to be resolved - but if that can be accomplished the vaccine can be tested in children to be sure it's safe and to learn the proper dose in case it's needed in a terrorist attack.

Because of concerns that terrorists might use the potentially deadly bacteria, the government has stockpiled the vaccine. It has been widely tested on adults but never on children.

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TAGGED: Bioterrorism, Children, Vaccines, Anthrax

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