CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 12, 1976
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(Studio) 6 states halt swine flu inoculation programs after 3 elderly persons who had been inoculated died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; states are Texas, LA, WI, NM, Maine and VT. Other states recall vaccine type used in Pittsburgh.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) 3 who died had history of heart disease. Doses used in Pittsburgh came from Parke Davis and Company drug mfrs. As precaution, inoculation program stopped by county and officials from Federal Center for Disease Control called in. [Allegheny Cnty., Pennsylvania, county coroner Cyril WECHT - says they don't know if there's direct or indirect causal relationship on scientific basis between inoculation and deaths. Says possibility to be considered is that batch of vaccine was bad.] [CDC dir. Dr. David SENCER - says he thinks investigation will find 3 were all about to have mild heart attack anyway and happened to be in same clinic at same time.] Public reaction is mixed. [Michael BARAN - says he doesn't feel anything day after his shot.] [Barbara VOGRIN - says she won't take chance dying with flu shot.] Investigators trying to determine if batch of vaccine was contaminated, and impact of vaccine on heart patients.
REPORTER: Gerald Harrington
(NYC) Louisiana is 1 of states to halt program until something is known. [LA health director Dr. John BRUCE - says they'll wait for definite statement that vaccine and deaths not related before starting program again.] People requesting shots in New Orleans turned away. New York City has own health department and launches its program today, regardless of investigation; city uses batch of Parke Davis vaccine. [New York City health department spokesperson Dr. Pascal IMPERATO - cites reasons for not suspending program.]
REPORTER: Sam Chu Lin (WWL-TV newsfilm)