Global & Disaster Medicine

Safety of inadvertent anthrax vaccination during pregnancy: An analysis of birth defects in the U.S. military population, 2003–2010




Anthrax vaccination is compulsory for certain United States military personnel.

Assurance of anthrax vaccine safety in pregnancy is important for military members.

Infants inadvertently exposed to anthrax vaccine in the 1st trimester are not at higher risk for birth defects.

Infants inadvertently exposed to anthrax vaccine are not at increased risk for any specific individual birth defects.

Study findings are not only relevant to military populations but also to civilian populations for bioterrorism preparedness.


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