Passport Health is one of the few commercial vendors that offer the vaccination for Anthrax. It is available nation-wide in Passport Health locations. Specific individuals who are at risk (government and civilian contractors, first responders) should strongly consider this vaccination.
Anthrax is caused by bacteria called Bacillus anthracis that affects both humans and animals. You can receive anthrax through infected animals, wool, meat, or hides. The most common form of Anthrax is a skin disease that causes skin ulcers, fatigue, and fever. Up to 20% of these cases are fatal if untreated.
There are a few additional ways that you can be infected by Anthrax. This disease can penetrate your body through breaks in the skin. This is dangerous, because the spores will remain inactive until they find a place to reproduce. Anthrax can also be inhaled, which can potentially be the most dangerous. When Bacillus Anthracis is inhaled, over 99% of untreated cases are fatal.
Symptoms often include sore throat, slight fever, muscle aches. These symptoms are followed by extreme breathing problems and often meningitis several days later. Once all of these symptoms emerge, even with treatment, it is most likely fatal.
If you are interested in learning more about Anthrax or you think you may be traveling to an area where you will be at risk, contact Passport Health for an appointment.