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Swine Flu Shots / Paralysis #486652

NBC Evening News for Friday, Dec 17, 1976
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(Studio) Because of possible connection between swine flu shots and rare type of temporary paralysis, federal officials say it's doubtful program can be revived.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) At CDC (Centers for Disease Control) in Atlanta research conts. for link between Guillain-Barre syndrome and swine flu shots; details noted. At Senator health subcommittee hearing officials say when results to be in not known. [Senator Edward KENNEDY - asks when results to be known.] [Dr. Theodore COOPER - says it will take weeks; notes procedure.] Federal officials say program might begin again if proven safe or if flu outbreak occurs.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell

(Studio) 1 former federal health official says he's been concerned with regard to vaccine and paralysis for some time and believes he was fired because of it. Today, Civil Service Commission reviews dismissal.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Dr. J. Anthony Morris worked for FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for 16 years; says if people ill because of shots, government is to blame. [MORRIS - says evidence as early as 1966 showed 1 of factors in inducing Guillain-Barre syndrome was flu vaccine; says present evidence shows government didn't have info. base on which to start inoculation program.] FDA (Food and Drug Administration) officials have denied Morris fired because of views, but today, Cmnsr. Alexander Schmidt won't comment.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson

(Studio) Statistics noted with regard to those who have taken shots.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Trenton, New Jersey) Investigation in New Jersey with regard to any link in paralysis and shots noted; CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has sent investigator to aid efforts. Public opinion has been affected, though officials here say they don't believe link will be found. [WOMAN - says she took shot and hopes she's OK.] [2nd WOMAN - says she's glad she didn't take it.] [MAN - says he won't get shot.]
REPORTER: Robert Hager

Bazell, Robert;
Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Hager, Robert;
Simpson, Carole

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