Members of the military must receive shots beyond what the typical man, woman, and child receive. Beyond, the usual childhood vaccines and adult boosters, military receive vaccines for uncommon illnesses.
The smallpox vaccine includes a series of fifteen needle pricks. Following the injections, the injection site is not to be touched (anyone touching the injection site can become infected). After a week, the doctor inspects the site to make sure there is a clear sign of reaction on the skin.
If signs show the reaction, then the doctor knows the body has created the necessary antibodies from the injection. Common side effects are swollen lymph glands and a moderate fever. 1 of every 10,000 people vaccine develops swelling in the brain or cardiac problems that can lead to death.
Anthrax is a deadly bacteria infection that causes muscle pain, difficulty breathing, rapid heart rate, blood infections, and meningitis. The bacteria can attach to foods, become airborne, or enter through a cut. Currently, the vaccine is 92.5% effective, but it carries many risks.
The vaccine is given in a series of six shots over a span of eighteen months, and then yearly boosters are given. Mild side effects include swelling, painful bumps, and itching at the injection site that lasts one or two weeks. Others have reported migraine headaches, muscle pain, joint pain, nausea, chills, and fever.
The Typhoid vaccine prevents against a form of salmonella that is often found in water and foods in third-world countries. Typhoid causes severe stomach pain, fever, headache, and rash. If not treated, the disease can rupture a person’s intestines.
The vaccination is available in both oral and injection. The oral pills must be taken regularly for four days, while the vaccination consists of one quick shot.
Yellow Fever is a virus caused by an infected mosquito. Typically, the disease is similar to the flu. However, in certain cases, it can lead to hepatitis and hemorrhaging. The Yellow Fever vaccination includes one shot and then boosters every ten years.
Finally, the Meningococcal vaccine prevents a deadly strain of meningitis that can also cause severe blood infections. In 19% of those infected with Meningococcal, blindness has occurred. The shot is injected into the muscle. No booster is needed.
Typical reactions include muscle soreness and fever. In one out of 10,000, numbness of the extremities occurs.