When you deploy, you get a whole bunch of immunizations. With luck, you’re only out of date on a few of them. However, there are some immunizations that aren’t part of the regular shots people get.
A few weeks ago, I received a notification that I needed to get anthrax. Yes, THAT anthrax.
I was really confused by this as I had received an anthrax shot just before I left Alabama. I got it on the same day I received my small pox inoculation. Well, apparently the anthrax shot is really a series of five or six shots given over a year.
Here’s the kick. Back home, I can actually refuse the injection, but when I’m here in Iraq, I have no choice. Would you believe me when I say I hate shots? I know it keeps me safe here, so I suck it up and get the shots anyway.
I’m actually kind of lucky I’m in Iraq. In some other countries, I would have to get a yellow fever vaccination and take malaria prevention pills.
Now that I’ve received this second shot that prevents anthrax, I’ve got a strange desire to listen to Anthrax.