timberland boots white but the vaccine is for military only
04, 2013. could let a lesser known infection slip through the cracks. And even if more doctors checked for the flu like bug known as adenovirus, the vaccine to prevent it remains licensed for military use only.
That’s according to a new report published this week by the Centers for Disease Control in its journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, which suggests the military’s exclusive vaccine be considered for civilian use.
Adenovirus can feel like the flu: Symptoms include fever, sore throat and diarrhea, the CDC notes.
But the lack of effective surveillance to assess its prevalence makes determining the toll of adenovirus difficult, the report says, and the lack of a vaccine could leave civilians living in cramped quarters needlessly vulnerable.
The study concludes that adenovirus type 4, discovered amid military outbreaks in the 1950s, may act as an underestimated cause of acute respiratory disease among civilian adults.
And compared to the flu at least, adenovirus may not have that. The flu causes between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths each year. A particularly bad outbreak of adenovirus in 2007 left 10 dead.