Vaccinations and Gulf War Veterans

The VA and various research organizations are looking at possible causes of Gulf War Veterans’ chronic multi-symptom illnesses. Vaccinations are one of the possibilities being considered. Soldiers serving in the Gulf War received a standard series of vaccinations against infectious diseases including yellow fever, typhoid, cholera, hepatitis B, meningitis, whooping cough, polio, and tetanus. About 150,000 troops were inoculated against Anthrax, and another 8,000 troops were vaccinated against Botulinum (the toxin that causes botulism).
Gulf War Veterans exhibiting signs of vague, unidentified illnesses may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including a Gulf War Registry health exam, health care, and disability compensation for diseases related to their military service. Dependents and survivors also may be eligible for benefits.
The Institute of Medicine concluded in its Gulf War and Health report that there is inadequate or insufficient evidence to determine whether an association does or does not exist between multiple vaccinations and long-term adverse health problems. For more information, go to:


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