Mass Vaccinations for Swine Flu
Current Status of Immunization Campaign
Virtually every american has a decision to make this fall. He or she must decide whether or not to get a vaccination shot to protect against a possible outbreak of influenza caused by the A/New Jersey/76 virus, better known as swine flu.1 The federal government is sponsoring a National Influenza Immunization Program that is without question the most ambitious such effort in history. For the first time, a nation's government will attempt to vaccinate virtually an entire population against a potential influenza epidemic. The undertaking is considered especially significant in the field of preventive medicine. “The American attitude toward influenza—and in time no doubt that of every nation—will never again be the same,” Charles S. Marwick ...