“With killed vaccines, many include aluminum, which is used in the vaccine for several purposes, and one is to provide a depot effect, so that the aluminum may bind to the antigen in the vaccine which has the immune epitope for the area of the molecule, or the area in the virus or bacteria that you want to develop antibodies against.
The aluminum will slowly release this antigen over many months, so you have a very prolonged effect at continual stimulation of the immune system. It’s possible that you will still get immune stimulation years later, even from a killed vaccine. So you would think that adverse reactions may develop many months or even years later. But vaccine trials usually last 30 to 60 days.
… Most vaccines that are now on the market that have been licensed for a long time had very minimal data collection for safety. So that the original data collection for Anthrax vaccine from what’s called the Brachman trial,which is the trial that FDA has said is the main trial they used for safety and efficacy… they looked at safety issues for 48 hours in that trial. That’s it. Everybody got their arm examined at 24 and 48 hours. It wasn’t even believed that vaccines could cause long-term adverse reactions.
So… there isn’t a good data set that one can examine now to find out whether Anthrax vaccine causes long-term side-effects. FDA doesn’t have access to such a data set. The military has its own data. So it has a collection of hospital visits and out-patient visits for all military service members, and the diagnoses that were given for those visits, and it has a list of all the vaccinations. But the military doesn’t share that database.
That database was created by Congress after the fiasco of Gulf War Syndrome, when it was very difficult to say what vaccines people received and what illnesses they then got… and so Congress gave the military money and said you’ve got to create this database, which is called the Defense Medical Surveillance System. And the military promised that they would make these data available for analysis. But they have not.
— Meryl Nass, MD, internal medicine, Anthrax vaccine, and Gulf War Syndrome expert