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Old 09-30-2018, 05:49 PM
 
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I don't know whether this question belongs here or on the Military site. A friend who served in the Navy in the 70's said he received a letter from the VA to get tested for Hep. C, based on that multiple soldiers at one time were given "gun" vaccines, and were at risk of Hep. C. Another person who served in the 90's said he also got the same letter.

When was this practice stopped? Was it done also for National Guard members as well? My daughter enlisted in the Guard in 2010 but has never received any letter from the VA.
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:36 PM
 
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Jo, me thinking in the Military area. No clue here.
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Old 09-30-2018, 07:17 PM
 
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"Any veteran enrolled in the VA health care system who has concerns about hepatitis C infection, because of jet injectors or any other potential blood exposure during military service, is welcome and encouraged to request testing and evaluation for hepatitis C at his or her nearest VA hospital."

https://www.hepatitis.va.gov/provide...-exposures.asp

Also, https://www.hepatitis.va.gov/pdf/jet-injectors.pdf
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Old 09-30-2018, 07:58 PM
 
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https://www.hepatitis.va.gov/provide...-exposures.asp

"Veterans and organizations representing them have expressed considerable interest in the possible relationship between hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and immunization with jet injectors (air-gun injection) or other military-related blood exposures. Although there has never been a documented case of hepatitis C transmitted by a jet injector, it is biologically plausible."
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Old 10-02-2018, 01:54 PM
 
Location: The South
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Not Hep C related, but I attended a presentation by a VA speaker at my company’s retirement club meeting. He talked abou ALS , Lou Gerigs disease. Basically , a lot of Veterans get ALS and typically if ALS is diagnosed, the Vet receives full care, no questions asked. He made one statement that got my attention. He said the one common factor seemed to be Veterans had received shots from the jet guns. Don’t know how true it is.
I know I received a lot of jet gun shots during my service.
Lou Gehrig

Just something to be aware of.
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Old 10-02-2018, 02:05 PM
 
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At Great Lakes in 1968 we lined up in 2 rows of about 100 and walked down a line to two Corpsmen who shot us at the same time in the arms and ass with an air gun .I was told the two shots were equal to 14 or so individual shots.
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Old 10-02-2018, 02:13 PM
 
Location: The South
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At Great Lakes in 1968 we lined up in 2 rows of about 100 and walked down a line to two Corpsmen who shot us at the same time in the arms and ass with an air gun .I was told the two shots were equal to 14 or so individual shots.
Yep, been there done that. About 10 feet past the last shot, the big sledge hammer hits you.
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Old 10-02-2018, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Not Hep C related, but I attended a presentation by a VA speaker at my companyís retirement club meeting. He talked abou ALS , Lou Gerigs disease. Basically , a lot of Veterans get ALS and typically if ALS is diagnosed, the Vet receives full care, no questions asked. He made one statement that got my attention. He said the one common factor seemed to be Veterans had received shots from the jet guns. Donít know how true it is.
I know I received a lot of jet gun shots during my service.
Lou Gehrig

Just something to be aware of.
It does not look like vaccines or use of the injection gun have been identified as a risk factor for ALS in veterans:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4876822/
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Old 10-03-2018, 07:03 AM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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At Great Lakes in 1968 we lined up in 2 rows of about 100 and walked down a line to two Corpsmen who shot us at the same time in the arms and ass with an air gun .I was told the two shots were equal to 14 or so individual shots.
My first "shot's" with the "Gun" Vaccines was also in 1968. Still have my shot record (somewhere)...
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Old 10-04-2018, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Not Hep C related, but I attended a presentation by a VA speaker at my company’s retirement club meeting. He talked abou ALS , Lou Gerigs disease. Basically , a lot of Veterans get ALS and typically if ALS is diagnosed, the Vet receives full care, no questions asked. He made one statement that got my attention. He said the one common factor seemed to be Veterans had received shots from the jet guns. Don’t know how true it is.
I know I received a lot of jet gun shots during my service.
Lou Gehrig

Just something to be aware of.
https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pres...se.cfm?id=1583

The VA has recognized ALS as a presumptive service connected illness since 2008. Not only is an eligible veteran entitled to health care, they would also be eligible to receive disability compensation. And as alluded to quoted post above, the rate of ALS among military veterans is significantly higher than the general population, which is one of the factors in determining presumptive conditions or illness.

I don't know if the vaccine guns are potential culprits related to ALS...we got "shot" with the guns in the 1980s also.
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