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Man Says Anthrax Vaccine Harming His Health

KOCO Channel, Oklahoma

A man who was administered the anthrax vaccine by the U.S. Army claims he is suffering from seizures, blackouts and migraine headaches as a result of the vaccine.

Joseph Jones told Eyewitness News 5 that he was forced to take the vaccine while serving in Kuwait in 1999. "We had no choice," Jones said. "Some of us were scared. We weren't sure what it was."

Jones said he received the shot over an eight-month period. The first seizure occurred after the fourth shot, he said.

"I was in perfect condition, and all of the sudden I go down," he recalled.

During his final year in the military, Jones said he suffered 171 seizures before being medically discharged.

"They're not willing to stand up and say, 'yes, we did give them a vaccine that might have made him sick," Jones said.

Jones currently receives 10 percent of his salary through disability, but he said it's not enough.

He thinks he should receive at least 30 percent disability, but the military argues that there hasn't been enough proof about his current physical condition to warrant an increase.

"I'm trying to prove to them that I'm having seizures," he said. "I deserve 30 percent, and if I don't get that, I'm going to fight until I do."

Jones claims that he suffers two seizures a week, but insisted it would be too expensive to document his condition each time he has a problem.

Eyewitness News 5 contacted the Veterans Affairs, which said it believes Jones would qualify for benefits that will help him out financially.

The U.S. Army did not return phone calls seeking comment.