In December 1976, more than 40 million—about one-fifth the American population—had been vaccinated before the federal government finally stopped the Swine Flu program that was started in March. It was a fiasco.
Today, after more than a year of destruction to freedoms, businesses, employment, and tragic personal losses (suicides, education, health, etc.), it is retrospectively apparent to millions that there were considerable intentional and unintentional dangerous results from government decisions regarding the Coronavirus.
This is especially colossal, but it’s not the first time scientists, political advisors, and government have blundered in vaccine matters. The list is long and controversial. Here are some examples.
On April 12, 1955 the government announced the first vaccine to protect kids against polio. Within days, labs had made thousands of Lots of the vaccine. Batches made by one company, Cutter Labs, accidentally contained live polio virus and it caused an outbreak.
More than 200,000 children took the polio vaccine, but within days the government had to abandon the program.
In 1976, scientists predicted a pandemic of a new strain of influenza called swine flu. I was one of the first in line with fellow journalism Texas State University students to naively take the vaccine. More than 40 years later, some historians call it “flu epidemic that never was.”
President Gerald Ford’s Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare F. David Mathews projected 1 million Americans would die in the 1976 flu season unless action was taken. Citing the “strong possibility” of a swine flu pandemic, CDC Director David Sencer recommended an unprecedented plan: a mass vaccination of U.S. citizens.
“President Ford was basically told by his advisers, that look, we have a pandemic flu coming called swine flu that may be as bad as Spanish flu,” said Michael Kinch, a professor of radiation oncology in the school of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. His latest book, “Between Hope and Fear,” explores the history of vaccines.
“Ford was being cajoled to put forward a vaccine that was hastily put together. When you have a brand new strain situation like that, they had to do it on the fly,” Kinch said.
Ford made the decision to make the immunization compulsory.
The government launched the program in about seven months and 40 million people got vaccinated against swine flu, according to the CDC. That vaccination campaign was later linked to cases of a neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome, which can develop after an infection or, rarely, after vaccination with a live vaccine.
Of the Guillain-Barre Syndrome cases reported so far by VAERS, 55% of the cases are attributed to Pfizer, 40% to Moderna and 10% to Johnson & Johnson (J&J). Of course, J&J was only injected for a short time until the CDC “paused” them due to concerning numbers of blood clotting cases.
Note that historically, VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System) grossly underreports actual adverse events.