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Swine Flu Shots / Paralysis #243858

CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 17, 1976
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(Studio) Government figures with regard to swine flu shots and Guillain-Barre syndrome noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Chances of getting paralysis noted; comments of assistant Department of Health, Education and Welfare secretary Theodore Cooper to Senator health committee with regard to disease noted also. In NYC, developer of swine flu vaccine skeptical. [Dr. Edwin KILBOURNE - cites reasons he feels there'll be no association between vaccine and disease proved.] [Senator Edward KENNEDY - says halt of inoculation program now, in effect, ends it.] Even if connection found, Dr. Cooper says, if epidemic appears apparent, question is which is more important, epidemic chances or chances of few paralysis cases.

(Studio) Monitoring center for both diseases is CDC (Centers for Disease Control) in Atlanta.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Atlanta, Georgia) Some scientists here say probe could go either way. [Dr. Michael HATTWICK - says he's surprised at so few complications from shots; says Guillain-Barre is 1 of things previously considered as post-inoculation problem.] [Betty HOOPER - tells telephone caller details with regard to syndrome.] Case of near death of Willie Davidson from paralysis in Huntsville, Alabama, noted. [DAVIDSON - describes symptoms.] Salt Lake City, UT, case noted, where man died. [Doug ROBBINS - describes father's illness and death.] CDC (Centers for Disease Control) spokesperson say there's still no cause for panic as disease rare and usually temporary.
REPORTER: Tony Sargent

(Studio) Report on background of flu shots program and its troubles.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chicago, Illinois) Charles Freeman contracted flu without contact with pigs, which is not usually case. [FREEMAN - says he was told he was 1st such victim.] At Fort Dix, New Jersey, similar outbreak occurred; details noted. After this, government made decision to attempt inoculation of total population of nation [CDC (Centers for Disease Control) spokesperson Dr. Don. MILLAR - says program warranted by acceptance as fact that flu can be transmitted by humans not just animals.] Beginning of program in Indianapolis, IN, and following deaths of elderly people in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere noted. President Ford shown recing. shot. Drug mfrs. halted manufacturer of A Victoria flu vaccine to develop swine flu vaccine; now some critics charge there won't be enough if A Victoria epidemic breaks out this winter.
REPORTER: Chris Kelley

(Studio) Due to law passed in summer with regard to insurance federal government liable for all injury or death claims related to vaccine.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Kelley, Chris;
McManus, Jim;
Sargent, Tony

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