Thursday, March 12, 2020

Swine flu hysteria

"Then, on the heels of the Reyes decision, came the swine flu faux
epidemic of 1976. There, forty-five million Americans (one-third of the
adult population) subjected themselves to a flu shot at President Gerald
Ford’s stern urging only to learn, later, that the flu was not particularly
dangerous, but the shot itself was—causing in some small proportion of
patients Guillain-Barré syndrome, a usually reversible but occasionally fatal
form of paralysis. A flood of litigation and withering press attention

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