In this 60 Minutes episode from 1979, Mike Wallace investigates the US government’s handling of the vaccination program in 1976 for the “swine flu” and the reasons damages were claimed by those who suffered from a form of neurological damage called Guillain-Barré syndrome, as a result of taking the shot, a syndrome Gardasil has incidentally been linked to also.
In 1976, “swine flu” was said to have originated at Fort Dix army base, in New Jersey. As Mike Wallace reports, hundreds of soldiers were infected without becoming seriously ill and their lab tests results revealed that they had the normal kind of flu that was going around that year. However, a Private Lewis, who had been ill and died, and four others who were sick, were found by the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia to have had the “swine flu.”
Although only one person was reputed to have died from “swine flu”, President Gerald Ford ordered that every man, woman and child in the US be vaccinated and a deceptive TV advertising campaign then ensued.
As Mike Wallace reveals, although the government was aware of the possible neurological complications associated with the shot, the public was misled and told the vaccine was “safe.” Says Wallace: “… 4ooo Americans are claiming damages from Uncle Sam amounting to $3.5 billion because of what happened when they took that shot. By far the greatest number of claims – two-thirds of them are for neurological damage or even death, allegedly triggered by the flu shot.”
Here is the video, which is in two parts. Read the transcript of this episode here.
Part I: Part II: