Retrospective: What Happened With Swine Flu in 1976

The last pandemic scare in the U.S. was back in 1976 when a swine flu strain swept through Fort Dix, a military base in New Jersey. The virus infected about 500 soldiers, though not all got sick; one died. Fearing another plague, the nation’s health officials urged then President Ford to authorize a mass inoculation program aimed at reaching every man, woman and child. He did, to the tune of $135 million ($500 million in today’s money).

Mass vaccinations started in October, but within weeks reports started coming in of people developing Guillain-Barré syndrome, a paralyzing nerve disease, right after taking the shot. Within two months, 500 people were affected, and more than 30 died. Amid a rising uproar and growing public reluctance to risk the shot, federal officials abruptly canceled the program Dec. 16. In the end, 40 million Americans were inoculated, and there was no epidemic. A later, more technically advanced examination of the virus revealed that it was nowhere near as deadly as the 1918 influenza virus. The only recorded fatality from swine flu itself was the unfortunate 19-year-old Pvt. David Lewis.

President Ford was acting on the advice of medical experts, who believed they were dealing with a virus potentially as deadly as the one that caused the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic.  That time infected soldiers returning from the trenches of World War I triggered a contagion that spread quickly around the world, killing at least 20 million people. Below is an excerpt of Swine Flu Expose, a book by Elanora I. McBean Ph.D., N.D.

As has been stated before, all medical and non-medical authorities on vaccination agree that vaccines are designed to cause a mild case of the diseases they are supposed to prevent. But they also know and admit that there is no way whatsoever to predict whether the case will be mild or severe – even deadly. With this much uncertainty in dealing with the very lives of people, it is very unscientific and extremely dangerous to use such a questionable procedure as vaccination.

In 1976, Congressman Dr. Ron Paul called the Swine Flu Vaccination Program “a shocking misuse of funds …and an evil political maneuver.” Here is one vintage TV ad the government used to promote the 1976 Swine Flu hoax.

This video is from the National Archives.

At the time this ad ran, Dr. Paul said “the blatant advertising efforts to panic the people into taking Swine Flu shots will fail.”   Now we see the same kind of ads on TV today.  Below is another excerpt of Swine Flu Expose:


Not all of our Congressmen are hopeless. Some are actually on our side. Congressman Ron Paul of Texas is also a doctor and is able to see both sides of the swine flu question. Most doctors have tunnel vision and see only one side — the side with the dollar mark.

Congressman Paul, in an interview with the Enquirer (Dec. 21, 76) said: “I think Congress has wasted more than one hundred million dollars. The swine flu program should be brought back to Congress and discontinued at once. The program should be stopped, and those who were responsible should be held morally accountable to the American public.”

Congressman Larry McDonald of Georgia, also a medical doctor, said: “I think the swine flu program is a tailor-made hoax that finds its roots in frightening the American people . . . I believe that a full investigation of those in charge should be launched . . . and if it turns out to be a dishonest promotion, everyone responsible should be removed from their jobs.”

Before the 2009 Mexican outbreak of Swine Flu, there thas been a lot of talk of a possible outbreak of the Bird Flu. Because of the hype and misinformation regarding this topic, and it’s hard to know exactly what to believe. With that in mind, Dr. Ott decided to get to the heart of the issue. Here is a video he produced on the subject which casts more light on the 1976 hoax and our current crisis.

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