Ask Tess: Are military personnel who were vaccinated against the plague protected from the airborne strain of the plague?

A reader asks if service members who were administered vaccinations from various plagues protected against the resent transmission of airborne pneumonic plague. Read more to find out the answer and how to protect yourself.

Hi Tess,

For those of us who served in the military & received vaccinations for plague I & II, are we covered for this???

A Reader

Answer:


Hello,

What a relevant question you asked. I realize with the current state of the airborne transmission of the plague, many are concerned. Vaccinations are a way of life in the U.S. Military. While service members are vaccinated against various plagues, the vaccine administered may not be effective in the prevention of airborne infection. The addition of antibiotic prophylaxis is recommended for such situations.

Many of the antibiotics suggested in the article can be purchased online or through pet stores. If you are concerned with coming in contact with this outbreak, I would also gather some supplies listed in this article.

Following is a list of pandemic supplies for your home:



In the event of a pandemic, because of anticipated shortages of supplies, health care professionals and widespread implementation of social distancing techniques, it is expected that the large majority of individuals infected with the pandemic illness will be cared for in the home by family members, friends, and other members of the community – not by trained healthcare professionals. Bear in mind that persons who are more prone to contracting illnesses include people 65 years and older, children younger than five years old, pregnant women, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.

I hope this helps!

Tess

 

This article was originally published at Ready Nutrition™ on October 17th, 2017