Immunization against potential biological warfare agents

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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)843-850
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2000


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