The Long Shadow of the 1976 Swine Flu Vaccine ‘Fiasco’

Read entire article: In the spring of 1976, it looked like that year’s flu was the real thing. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t, and rushed response led to a medical debacle that hasn’t gone away. “Some of the American public’s hesitance to embrace vaccines — the flu vaccine in particular — can be attributed to … Read more

Reflections on the 1976 Swine Flu Vaccination Program Abstract In 1976, 2 recruits at Fort Dix, New Jersey, had an influenzalike illness. Isolates of virus taken from them included A/New Jersey/76 (Hsw1n1), a strain similar to the virus believed at the time to be the cause of the 1918 pandemic, commonly known as swine flu. Serologic studies at Fort Dix suggested that … Read more

Neurological complications of swine influenza vaccination

Read entire article: Abstract The emphasis upon the remarkably large number of cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome which resulted from the 1976 National Swine Influenza immunization program in the U.S.A. has obscured the fact that other neurological complications, involving the central nervous system also occurred. The anatomical distribution of lesions is almost identical with that … Read more