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Swine Flu Vaccine / Pennsylvania Deaths / Investigation #40326

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 12, 1976
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(Studio) No doctor or health official has said there's any relation between swine flu inoculation and 3 deaths of people over 70 years old and with heart conditions in Pennsylvania. Allegheny cnty., Pennsylvania, as well as several other areas of cntry., has suspended program until further facts known.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Health conditions of victims noted; all recd. vaccination within 1 hour of each other. Investigation into matter not complete. [INVESTIGATOR - says they know why victims died, but not if immunizations had direct or indirect relation to death.] Officials close all clinics in cntry., but say program has built-in safeguards. [OFFICIAL - notes precautions taken at clinics; says they're closed now because he'd rather err on side of safety.] Atlanta's CDC (Centers for Disease Control) officials say no reason for concern with regard to vaccine itself, but are testing to see if it was contributing factor in deaths.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(No location given) Theories with regard to cause of deaths noted. [MAN - says high risk group inoculated 1st because complications from flu more likely with them.]
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

(Studio) Anchor asks how extensively has vaccine been tested.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(NYC) Notes testing and results prior to government approval.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

(Studio) Anchor asks why assume there might be epidemic after 1 incident.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(NYC) Fear of epidemic and thoughts of deaths in 1918 noted. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and President roles noted.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

(Studio) Anchor asks if reporter would himself take vaccine and give it to mother.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(NYC) Affirmative answer.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

(Studio) Anchor asks why bother to take shot.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(NYC) Notes reasons.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

(Studio) Asks what will now happen in country
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(NYC) Says he suspects trouble for program.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

Reporter(s):
Bergman, Jules;
Gregory, Bettina;
Reasoner, Harry;
Walters, Barbara
Duration:
00:05:00

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