NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 16, 1976
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(Studio) Swine flu inoculation program halted because some who took shots came down with temporary paralysis and 4 have died; others who didn't take shots have also had paralysis. Govt. officials order program suspended pending investigation.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Jean Roberts took shot and was afflicted with paralysis 2 weeks later. [ROBERTS - describes effects of paralysis.] Disease is called Guillain-Barre syndrome; 94 recent cases reported, out of which 51 had had swine flu shots, so government shuts down program. [Assistant secretary of Health HEW Dr. Theodore COOPER - says some feel suspension comes too soon or will alarm people, but he feels it must be done.] Govt. says chances of paralysis so slight that if flu outbreak begins, program will be reinstated. On Friday, Senator begins probe of swine flu program.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell