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7.9.03

Camp Lejeune Marine goes to prison

A Marine helicopter pilot has been dismissed and sentenced to jail for refusing an anthrax vaccination.

Lieutenant Erick Enz refused the vaccine on religious grounds. Enz says he prayed for guidance and researched the potential adverse affects of the vaccination before making his decision.

Enz has pleaded guilty to disobeying a superior's order and has been ordered to serve seven months in prison. The military judge refused to allow evidence of Enz's religious objection at the court martial at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

The Pentagon says the vaccine is safe. A government survey of more than 1,200 soldiers who received the inoculation shows 84 percent suffered minor reactions, and at least 24 percent had major multiple "systemic" reactions.

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