The News Journal
A Gannett Newspaper
W. Curtis Riddle
President and Publisher
Thursday, May 13, 1999OUR VIEW
VACCINATIONSDover base commander
He made a "commanders call" to suspend inoculations and held an apparently much needed information session with the Air Force surgeon general. The open discussion about the vaccine and why it is required of military personnel who will serve in certain foreign locations apparently did much to relieve tension at the base.
We suspect the Air Force sent Lt. Gen. Charles Roadman, the surgeon general, to Dover to make a larger point.
Dover became the first military installation in the country to suspend mandatory anthrax vaccination. Reaction at Dover and other military locations was spurred by allegations in Vanity Fair magazine and on the Internet questioning the safety of the vaccine, meant to protect against an almost always deadly virus.
Once explanations were made, resistance at Dover settled down and the vaccination program resumed. It was a smart move by Col. Grieder and the Air Force. Perhaps a better, more complete explanation to personnel in the first place would have headed off trouble.
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