Is this propaganda designed to derail the widespread public distrust as to what’s actually in the new flu vaccines and what they might do to our bodies? Or is that just paranoid? My vote is that it is propaganda but whether or not it’s for nefarious purposes I’m not so sure. Comments?
Here’s the NYT article, page A1 today:
As soon as swine flu vaccinations start next month, some people getting them will drop dead of heart attacks or strokes, some children will have seizures and some pregnant women will miscarry.
But those events will not necessarily have anything to do with the vaccine. That poses a public relations challenge for federal officials, who remember how sensational reports of deaths and illnesses derailed the large-scale flu vaccine drive of 1976.
This time they are making plans to respond rapidly to such events and to try to reassure a nervous public — and headline-hunting journalists — that the vaccine is not responsible.