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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.
REPORTER: Jim McManus

(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

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Kelley, Chris;
McManus, Jim;
Sargent, Tony
Duration:
00:07:20

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