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Posted: 8/31/2004 10:47:00 PM EDT
Blood money

Soldiers vaccinated against anthrax have the opportunity to help future anthrax victims by donating their blood. Or they can do it for the $60 they’ll get in return.

The government plans to develop an experimental treatment for anthrax from the blood of people vaccinated against it. Such a medicine has never been tested on people, but scientists think it has a good chance of working based on animal tests.

In a Fort Campbell, Ky., gymnasium when troops were told they would get $60 for a liter of their blood plasma, many whooped and hollered. They can donate up to once a week.

Donating blood four times a month could add $240 to a specialist’s $1,550-a-month base salary.

Fort Campbell was selected as the first site because a high percentage of soldiers there have been vaccinated against anthrax.

Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:53:36 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:55:19 AM EDT
cool beans, a money bonus for the troops
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:55:23 AM EDT
A liter of blood plasma a week?
Isnt a normal donation a pint of whole blood, and then ~60 days until your next donation?

Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:57:41 AM EDT
SWEEET.....but my question is .....does this apply to soldiers that have been vaccinated for it in the past....or ones that have been recently vaccinated...or does it matter?
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:58:51 AM EDT
The Omega Man.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 6:59:04 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Kharn:
A liter of blood plasma a week?
Isnt a normal donation a pint of whole blood, and then ~60 days until your next donation?


Donating plasma is different, it recirculates your blood and take out the plasma but puts the rest of the blood into your body
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 8:52:35 AM EDT
hey extra cash cannot be all that bad
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 9:21:17 AM EDT
Hell, when I was in, they just took it. We had a new "fast freeze" facility on post that was supposed to hold a major percentage of the Army's blood stocks. Guess who got to fill it up after it opened? Blood donations were mandatory and frequent, I think every 30 days or so. At first, they let us have the rest of the day off, but then they stopped even that stab at decency.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 9:31:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mattja:
The Omega Man.

beat me to it!
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 9:36:35 AM EDT
There's an add on the radio down here for people who have been vaccinated for smallpox and or HepB.
Says they can make up to 400 a month. I would imagine that would be if you were vaccinated for both.
Thats pretty good money in anyones book.
Link Posted: 9/1/2004 9:59:44 AM EDT
Hmmm.. the Army vaccinated me at least twice for every disease known to man. Maybe I can make some money off of this.

Anyone know if this is still in limited local trials, or who to contact for more info?

I wonder what kind of documentation they want to prove you've had the vaccinations.
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