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Swine Flu Vaccine / Pennsylvania Deaths / Investigation #485695

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 12, 1976
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(Studio) 3 older persons die after taking swine flu vaccine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Autopsies on 2 show no connection to vaccine and all had heart ailments. As precaution, however, vaccination program suspended in at least 6 states and other smaller areas pending investigation.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Studio) Story began in Allegheny Cnty., Pennsylvania.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) All inoculation sites in Allegheny Cnty. closed after 3 deaths; people turned away. [NURSE - explains situation to people requesting shots.] Cnty. officials say 3 who died in poor health before taking shots. [Cnty. coroner Dr. Cyril WECHT - says they don't know if there's direct relation between vaccine and deaths; all 3 suffered heart disease.] Atlanta's Center of Disease Control director Dr. David Sencer, says people of all ages should continue to get shots. [SENCER - says there's no evidence to substantiate connection of vaccine or program with deaths, but full investigation is necessary and being conducted. Says no other clusters of unusual occurrences reported and believes there's no reason for other areas to stop program.] Authorities say no deaths have been reported which can be attributed to swine flu shots and Pittsburgh officials say they're confident that investigation will prove 3 deaths not caused by vaccine.
REPORTER: Eric Burns

(Studio) New York had some of same batch of vaccine used in Pittsburgh and stopped giving it, as did Michigan. New York City conts. inoculation program.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(NYC) Some older people express concern with regard to Pennsylvania deaths, but take shot anyway. [WOMAN - explains vaccine to patient.] New York City health officials use doses of same batch of vaccine sent to Pittsburgh and made by Parke Davis and Company though state officials order 24-hr. halt to rest of programs in state. [Red Cross spokesperson Robert SHEA - says real concern is state of patient's emotions with regard to taking shot.] Many older people caught between concern with regard to Pennsylvania deaths and memories of 1918 flu epidemic; for most, vaccine less of risk than flu.
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(Studio) Health officials in 15 states say they'll continue programs.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brinkley, David;
Burns, Eric;
Chancellor, John;
Ross, Brian

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