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Swine Flu Shots #486824

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 29, 1976
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(Studio) In Atlanta, CDC (Centers for Disease Control) says swine flu shots will continue suspended until more research done into Guillain-Barre syndrome and possible link to shots.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Atlanta, Georgia) Committee on immunization practices decides to ask Department of Health, Education and Welfare to continue moratorium on use of all flu vaccines, after studying reports re: paralysis and shots. [CDC (Centers for Disease Control) spokesperson Dr. David SENCER - says data indicates connection and halt to program should continue.] Committee also decides if older people have to be given shots doctors must warn them of possible paralysis.
REPORTER: Don Harris

(Studio) Some say program should never have started.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Cases of swine flu at Fort Dix, New Jersey last January noted. Some government health officials said swine flu might be similar to virus of 1918, but other scientists say evidence is slight. 1 member of President's advisory committee with regard to immunizations has said all along there's little chance of outbreak. [U. of Washington representative Dr. E. Russell ALEXANDER - says vaccine use might as well be stopped until another outbreak occurs.] Doubts re: program, delays for insurance reasons and eventual start of it, when Congress insured it after legion disease scare, noted. (Ad with regard to program shown.) Many people and doctors not convinced with regard to program. [Dolton, Illinois Dr. Philip THOMSEN - says causes of swine flu never given to private practice doctors and reasons for program fallacious.] Govt. officials now concerned that because flu program not well-explained, people won't get other shots, like polio and measles.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell

Bazell, Robert;
Chancellor, John;
Harris, Don

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