We protect troops using detection devices, protective gear, antibiotics, and in other ways.
But these means of Force Health Protection have their limitations.
People can't stay in protective gear for days on end and perform well.
Our best bioweapon detectors dont work fast enough to prevent exposure to anthrax spores.
Antibiotics are effective for some kinds of anthrax, but may not work fast enough.
Antibiotics also can cause side effects, especially if taken for a long time.
Vaccines are one of our best ways to keep you healthy.
The President directed us to use safe and effective vaccines to protect against
bioweapons and deployment infections (Executive Order 13139).
Vaccines provide the only round-the-clock protection.
Vaccines, combined with other measures, offer the best chance for individual
survival and mission accomplishment.