how come the vaccine that prevents anthrax against cattle is sometimes used, but the vaccine to prevent it from humans is RARELY ever used?!
Answer: The reason Anthrax is from time to time used:
"The basic vaccine series consists of 6 doses.
-The first three doses are given at two-week intervals.
-Three additional doses are given, at 6, 12, and 18
months after the first dose.
Annual booster doses are needed for ongoing protection."
The number of injections and stipulation for yearly boosters make this vaccine
too costly and inconvenient for the nonspecific population- risk is low.
Only those considered at risk warrant undergoing the anthrax vaccination.
The side effects are not a factor.
The following is a quote from the Center for Disease Control -Possible Side-effects from Vaccines:
"What are the risks from anthrax vaccine?
Getting anthrax disease is much more risky than any risk from the vaccine.
Like any medicine, a vaccine is capable of cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. The risk of anthrax vaccine causing serious spoil, or death, is extremely small.
* Soreness, redness, or itching where on earth the shot was given (about 1 out of 10 men, about 1 out of 6 women)
* A lump where on earth the shot was given (about 1 person out of 2)
* Muscle ache or joint aches (about 1 being out of 5)
* Headaches (about 1 person out of 5)
* Fatigue (about 1 out of 15 men, about 1 out of 6 women)
* Chills or hallucination (about 1 person out of 20)
* Nausea (about 1 person out of 20).
* Large areas of blush where the shot was given (up to 1 human being out of 20).
* Serious allergic reaction (very rare - smaller number than once in 100,000 doses).
* As with any vaccine, other severe problems hold been reported. But these events appear to occur no more recurrently among anthrax vaccine recipients than among unvaccinated people.
* There is no evidence that anthrax vaccine cause sterility, birth defects, or long-term health problems.
Independent civilian committees hold not found anthrax vaccination to be a factor in unexplained illnesses among Gulf War veterans."
Previous suspicion of relationship between anthrax inoculation and Gulf War Syndrome have proved unrelated, removing the it from consideration..
The vaccine for humans has repulsive side effects. Since the average person will not encounter anthrax, it's not worth vaccination unless you are possibly going to be exposed (like a cultivator or a soldier).