25 Jun (Vactruth.com) – In October 2000 a letter was written to the editor of JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) from the Ministry of Defense in Italy. The Italian Military wrote that they had decided to introduce the MMR vaccination containing the Schwarz measles, Urabe Am9 mumps and Wistar RA27/3 rubella strains, as mandatory in 1998 to examine the vaccines efficiency. (1) However, they were in for more than they bargained forbecause within one month of the soldiers receiving the vaccine the incidence of mumps had increased significantly.
The letter states: The recent (April 1998) introduction of mandatory vaccination of military recruits provided an opportunity to examine the effectiveness and adverse effects of MMR vaccine (containing Schwarz measles, Urabe Am9 mumps, and Wistar RA 27/3 rubella strains) in a military setting.
The letter continues by adding: To assess the efficacy of the MMR vaccine and the Urabe Am9–related reactogenicity, the incidence rates of MMR diagnosed in the Italian armed forces during 1999 (postvaccine period) were compared with those diagnosed during 1997 (prevaccine period).
The wording of the letter suggests that the Italian Military were carrying out a vaccination trial and at the time the soldiers were given the MMR it was a new untested Urabe Am9 vaccine and not Pluserix which had been banned in 1992 due to adverse reactions. It is difficult to determine whether or not the soldiers were given the Pluserix vaccine as there was no indiction as to which vaccine the military was using.
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