MILITARY TO GET MANDATORY SWINE FLU SHOTS

Dy’er Sez: So much for this not being mandatory, eh?

Realistically, I do understand that the military is not subject to the same ‘rules’ concerning vaccines as the civilian population. Ask anyone who has served and you’ll hear stories about how they received a variety of shots while they were in…and how, when they asked what the shots were for, many times were told nothing (or, perhaps, got chewed out for even daring to ask).

But, let’s get back to the fact that the shot that is being given to our people in uniform has not been tested for safety at all – which means that the potential side effects of the vaccine are being tested out on our military. One might think that this is simply supposition, but Air Force General Gene Renuart recently stated: “Because I can compel people to get the shots, larger numbers will have the vaccine. They will, as a percentage of the population, be vaccinated more rapidly than many of us. So we may see some objective results, good or not, of the vaccinations.”

Nuclear fallout, depleted uranium, and now the swine flu shot – personally, I think it’s time to stop using our military as guinea pigs.

Story from AP:

Military to get mandatory swine flu shots soon
By LOLITA C. BALDOR (AP)

WASHINGTON — U.S. military troops will begin getting required swine flu shots in the next week to 10 days, with active duty forces deploying to war zones and other critical areas going to the front of the vaccine line, a top military commander said Tuesday.

Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart also told The Associated Press that as many as 400 troops are ready to go to five regional headquarters around the country to assist federal health and emergency management officials if needed as the flu season heats up.

The Pentagon has bought 2.7 million vaccines, and 1.4 million of those will go to active duty military. National Guard troops on active duty are also required to receive the vaccine, as are civilian Defense Department employees who are in critical jobs.

As a result, the military is expected to provide health officials with an early assessment of the vaccine.

“Because I can compel people to get the shots, larger numbers will have the vaccine,” said Renuart, commander of U.S. Northern Command. “They will, as a percentage of the population, be vaccinated more rapidly than many of us. So we may see some objective results, good or not, of the vaccinations.”

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