Spam pilot jailed for refusing vaccination

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  1. CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A Marine helicopter pilot from who refused on religious grounds to receive an anthrax vaccination was dismissed from the Corps and ordered to serve seven months in prison.
    1st Lt. Erick Enz, 32, of Vancouver, Wash., pleaded guilty during a court-martial Tuesday to disobeying the order of a superior. He faced a maximum punishment of five years confinement, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and dismissal from service.

    Enz, a CH-46 Sea Knight pilot, could serve as little as 30 days based on a pretrial agreement.

    Enz, a father of five and Bible study group leader, said he prayed for guidance before researching the potential adverse affects of the vaccination and refusing inoculation.

    Military Judge Col. Steven Day ruled in an earlier motion that Enz’s objection on religious grounds would not be allowed as evidence.

    Department of Defense officials contend that the vaccination is safe, as do military doctors at Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital.

    A September 2002 U.S. General Accounting Office survey of 1,253 soldiers who received the anthrax vaccination found that 84 percent suffered minor reactions. At least 24 percent had major multiple “systemic” reactions, the latter more than 100 times higher than the estimate of the manufacturer.

    Enz is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. Superiors and peers described him as a natural leader who was well-liked and respected.

    “The people who refuse this are not the dummies or the troublemakers,” said former Air Force F-16 pilot retired Lt. Col. John Richardson of Raleigh, a critic of the vaccine. “I get two to three unsolicited calls or e-mails a week sometimes as many as five a day from kids who are sick. Someone has to stand up and do the right thing.”
    When I had my Anthrax innocs I suffered a massive adverse reaction which lasted around four days...

    ...during that time I was brimming with enthusiasm, attending 'fiz' sessions twice a day, donating to Army charities, giving my free time to the local cadet force, working all hours God sent and volunteering for duties left right and centre...

    ..I'm all right now though! :wink:
  3. Typical yank justice. Refuse a needle, go to jail. Kill you comrades and Allies, get more medals. :evil:
  4. That may be the stats for the US vaccine, but that is a 'live' vaccine which is made up from actual anthrax. Our vaccine is a 'non-live' vaccine, which although can cause a reaction as any vaccine can, you can't catch anthrax from it.

    As for jailing someone for not taking the vaccine, I sometimes wonder if that shouldn't be the case here. I mean, the ones who decide not to be vaccinated are the sort of people who are going to be the first to claim compensation when they contract anthrax on grounds that they weren't given enough protection.

    Would you be happy if half your unit were going to keel over because they were scared to have a series of injections? I know nothing is perfect, but I for one would rather have gone to the Gulf with all the protection on offer than have gone without. 8O