The pharmaceutical industry convinced President Gerald Ford to give them legal immunity from the Swine Flu vaccine which was rushed to market in 1976, and to lead the PR campaign to convince Americans to get the vaccine. More people died from the vaccine than from the flu…
In 1976, I was a junior in college. A friend convinced me that I should be concerned about the swine flu that was predicted to devastate the US population. Millions of people were expected to die unless we all lined up and took the flu shot. Reluctantly I gave in to my friends fear and we went and got the vaccine.
Four years later, when I was a public health graduate student, we were required to read a book about the 1976 swine flu hoax. I was shocked by what I read. I was so naive! As a 23 year old graduate student, I found it hard to believe that the system failed so badly. At that time, I truly believed that government officials, physicians, scientists, pharmaceutical companies, and of course public health agencies were all working to promote the health of Americans.
Well, in retrospect, the swine flu epidemic of 1976 never developed. It wasn’t because 40 million Americans took the shot. It was because the swine flu never existed. It was nothing more than poor science, flawed judgments and wishful thinking. In short we all were part of a grand hoax.
After all the hype, and only one death and 13 cases of the swine flu,  the vaccination program was abruptly cancelled after 10 weeks.