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Mon Apr 13, 2020, 01:31 PM

Vietnam Era Vaccines Given by the Military [View all]

I was in the USAF from 1965-69. I got tons of vaccinations as a matter of course, most of them repeats of vaccinations I had also gotten as a child. They didn't care what shots you had as a child. They just lined you up in Basic Training and hit you in both arms with an air-powered injection gun. Nasty.

But then, I got assigned to a base in Turkey, which led me to be standing in another line for more vaccines. Nothing was optional. You got them. Some required multiple shots spaced weeks apart.

Anyhow, while thinking about a vaccine for COVID-19, I consulted my USAF vaccination record, which I still have, for some reason. Among the vaccinations before my deployment to Turkey, were:

Cholera - I don't think that particular vaccine is in use any longer. It might have been experimental at the time.
Typhoid - Another rather rare vaccine, given only to military members heading for Vietnam or other sketchy places.
Typhus - That one is no longer in use. It was a whole-cell killed germ vaccine.
Plague - That one was a monster. Two shots, two weeks apart. The second shot made most of us sick as dogs. That vaccine is no longer used, and hurt like hell when it was injected. I think it was an experimental vaccine, too.
Yellow Fever - As far as I know, that disease doesn't exist in Turkey, but the USAF didn't care.

I'm pretty sure the military has been used for vaccine experiments more than once.

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