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Impaired Immune System Function Due to Heavy PFAS Exposure on Military Bases

Hormone-mimicking chemicals, such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been shown to harm the immune system. These chemicals, found in aqueous firefighting foam used on military installations, have deleterious effects on human health and the environment.

Hundreds of sites around the country, including military facilities where thousands of active-duty service members and their families live and work, have been contaminated for years with PFAS substances. PFAS exposure is associated with a host of health impacts, including suppressed immune function and a greater risk of autoimmune diseases.

According to a new Pentagon report, the number of U.S. military bases and facilities with confirmed or suspected discharges of PFAS has grown to nearly 700, and the cleanup bill will likely cost billions of dollars more than initially estimated.

Every state in the country now has at least one DoD site with PFAS contamination. States that grapple with drinking water contamination due to DoD PFAS sites include but are not limited to:

  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • Vermont
  • North Carolina
  • Michigan
  • California
  • Oregon
  • Texas
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Ohio
  • Indiana
  • Illinois

How Can PFAS Contribute to Immunodeficiency?

Apart from cancer, immune system dysfunction was the most sensitive to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances of a range of health conditions studied. The immune system is a complex network of biological processes that prevents and limits the body against infection from pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi that can cause disease.

It also plays an important role in detecting and killing tumor cells. If the immune system is not functioning properly, this can lead to serious health problems.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure to high levels of PFAS may impact the immune system. There is evidence from human and animal studies that PFAS exposure may decrease:

  • antibody responses to vaccines
  • infectious disease resistance

There is a high level of evidence that the chemicals PFOA and PFOS, two of the most widely studied of the PFAS family, suppress the ability of the immune system to make antibodies - the part of the immune system critically important in fighting infectious agents.

PFAS exposure causes diseases like cancer and is reported to inhibit vaccine responses, which could create the perfect Covid-19 storm in communities across the United States.

If PFAS Chemical Contamination Has Affected Your Health, Contact Atraxia Law Today

Veterans, military personnel, and neighbors of military installations threatened by or exposed to PFAS should be monitored and compensated. At Atraxia Law, our team of experts has helped thousands of individuals affected by toxic chemical contamination by promptly connecting them with the most suitable professionals.

Epidemiological studies have revealed associations between exposure to PFAS and adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes. Those who have accumulated significant PFAS levels in their bodies are at risk for immune deficiency.

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