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FAMILIES OF 2 MARINES QUESTION ANTHRAX VACCINE

The families of two upstate New York Marines say the federal government should do more testing on a vaccination for anthrax before administering it to 2.4 million military personnel.

The parents of Adam Cooper and Bradley Watson, friends who grew up together in this village east of Utica before joining the Marines, say they are concerned about the possible long-term medical effects of the vaccination.

In addition, they say, it is unfair for the military to demote or even discharge their sons for refusing to have the vaccine administered.

Cooper, who is stationed in Okinawa, has already been demoted twice for refusing the vaccine, his parents say. He also has been told that he will be discharged.

While Cooper has opted not to have the vaccine administered, Watson has changed his mind, much to the chagrin of his parents.

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