Soldier’s lawsuit dismissed after claim she was forced to take anthrax vaccinations that made her sick

September 13, 2019 | By ArmyTimes |

A service member prepares to administer the anthrax vaccine at the Troop Medical Clinic on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, Oct. 27. (Army)

“A soldier’s lawsuit against the U.S. government was dismissed Thursday after she alleged that she was forced to take the anthrax vaccine three times, despite experiencing flu-like symptoms and vomiting after the first two shots.

The soldier, 35-year-old chemical specialist Emel Bosh, claims that after the third vaccination, which she protested taking, she had seizures for days afterwards and had to go to the emergency room, according to the lawsuit.

The U.S. government filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing that “a long line of binding precedent” establishes that active duty personnel are effectively barred from collecting damages from the U.S. government for personal injuries incurred while performing their duties, according to the court filings.

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington ultimately agreed with the government’s reasoning and dismissed the case. Bosh’s attorneys have two weeks to file an objection.

Bosh referred Army Times’ request for comment to her attorney, who in turn did not respond Friday afternoon.

In her lawsuit, she claimed to have suffered progressively worse symptoms after anthrax vaccinations at Madigan Army Medical Center, on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, in December 2017, April 2018 and August 2018.

The anthrax vaccine requires three vaccinations, followed by annual boosters.

Bosh, who serves as a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear specialist, filed the lawsuit against the government under the Federal Tort Claims Act this July.”


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“A half million U.S. soldiers were inoculated for the war with Iraq. Some of them got sick after their vaccinations. Whether the vaccines were to blame remains an open question because, as CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports, the military may not be reporting all the cases properly.”  Link

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