Some History of the SWINE FLU...and vaccination programs.
October 27, 2009 5:01pm CST
Some of you may not be old enough to remember this, but I do. Take a look and see what you think, is history repeating itself? On the cold afternoon of February 5, 1976, an Army recruit told his drill instructor at Fort Dix that he felt tired and weak but not sick enough to see military medics or skip a big training hike. Within 24 hours, 19-year-old Pvt. David Lewis of Ashley Falls, Mass., was dead, killed by an influenza not seen since the plague of 1918-19, which took 500,000 American lives and 20 million worldwide. Two weeks after the recruit's death, health officials disclosed to America that something called "swine flu" had killed Lewis and hospitalized four of his fellow soldiers at the Army base in Burlington County. The ominous name of the flu alone was enough to touch off civilian fear of an epidemic. And government doctors knew from tests hastily conducted at Dix after Lewis' death that 500 soldiers had caught swine flu without falling ill. Any flu able to reach that many people so fast was capable of becoming another worldwide plague, the doctors warned, raising these questions: Does America mobilize for mass inoculations in time to have everybody ready for the next flu season? Or should the country wait to see if the new virus would, as they often do, get stronger to hit harder in the second year? Thus was born what would become known to some medical historians as a fiasco and to others as perhaps the finest hour of America's public health bureaucracy. Only young Lewis died from the swine flu itself in 1976. But as the critics are quick to point out, hundreds of Americans were killed or seriously injured by the inoculation the government gave them to stave off the virus. Read the rest of the story here: http://www.capitalcentury.com/1976.html
• United States
29 Oct 09
Aren't all military required to take it or else? Any vaccine that they come up with? Funny thing about that is ... Before we took the shot we were told it was mandatory....After a bunch of us got sick we was told it was optional. I guess it depends on your definition of mandatory at the time... [b]Destiny, Did you have any long term damage from the vaccine do you think?[/b] How would one be able to tell? How do you determine the causes of anything years after the events? I would give anything to know how my disability occurred... but according to most everyone I talked to... sh1t happens. It tool 3 years before a doctor finally told me what was actually wrong with me, yet even he couldn't tell me the cause of it... so how do you pinpoint the reason for a given thing?
• United States
30 Oct 09
Without getting to personal, GBS is a neurological condition. Gullian-Bar-Syndrom. I talked to a Native friend of mine who was in the army and got this from a vaccination he HAD to take to go to Desert Storm. I don't know what your disibility is but there are ways to trace certain conditions back to what caused them. Don't sit still and take their explanations, they wouldn't want it traced if for one minute they thought they might be responsible.