Lessons from the 1976 swine flu scare have been ignored and forgotten
Under The Radar Media
A great campaign for mass inoculation of the American population for the H1N1 virus has been rolled out and is currently under way. The controlled mainstream media, which is wholly bought and paid for by corporations and special intersts groups, including the pharmaceutical industry, have refused to acknowledge the fact that America has previously experienced an alleged “possible swine flu pandemic.” In 1976, the Center For Disease Control (CDC) , headed by Dr. David J. Sencer, led a campaign to persuade then President Gerald Ford, to inoculate the entire population of America. The results were disastrous and horrific, and this is what the mainstream media doesn’t want you to know.
Here is an excerpt from the article 1976: Fear of a great plague
“Now he was in a race for life, or so he thought. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Dr. W. Delano Meriwether was given until the end of the year to get all 220 million Americans inoculated against swine flu.
By Oct. 1, the makers had the serums ready and America’s public health bureaucracy had lined up thousands of doctors, nurses and paramedics to give out the shots at medical centers, schools and firehouses across the nation.
Jim Florio, then an ambitious rookie Democratic congressman supporting Jimmy Carter for president, didn’t use the situation to take a shot at Ford. He lined up and was the first Jersey resident to take the inoculation.
Within days, however, several people who had taken the shot fell seriously ill. On Oct. 12, three elderly people in the Pittsburgh area suffered heart attacks and died within hours of getting the shot, which led to suspension of the program in Pennsylvania.
Jersey pressed on with inoculations, however. Through the fall, even as more bad reports about the side effects of the vaccine came out, thousands of mostly older people in Greater Trenton lined up outside health centers, schools and firehouses to get the shot, sometimes waiting for an hour.
One of them was Lawrence’s Mary Kent, a 45-year-old mother of two teenage boys who couldn’t tie the ribbons on Christmas presents only days after she got her shot at the Trenton War Memorial in early December.
On Dec. 16, increasingly concerned about reports of the vaccine touching off neurological problems, especially rare Guillain-Barre syndrome, the government suspended the program, having inoculated 40 million people for a flu that never came.
By year’s end, Jack Kent knew his wife was seriously ill and started reading all about the side effects of the president’s flu inoculation, especially nerve problems like those his wife was experiencing.
Even before Mary Kent died an invalid at age 51 in January 1982, Kent had joined the hundreds of Americans who filed suit against the government on behalf of children left without a parent due to fatal side effects from the swine flu vaccine.
Kent’s sister-in-law, also named Mary Kent, recalled the other day that Jack Kent died in 1997 still angrily blaming the government for giving his wife Guillian-Barre, leading to her death.
The swine flu case of 1976 forever reduced confidence in public health pronouncements from the government and helped foster cynicism about federal policy makers that continues to this day.”