When vaccines are tainted by stigma the world needs a jab of realism


In 1976, when a mysterious new flu began spreading in the northeastern US, a few months before the presidential election, Gerald Ford, the then president, raced ahead with a high-profile campaign to vaccinate the nation. The flu strain turned out to be rather mild and, worse still, the vaccine caused several hundred people to develop paralysing Guillain-Barré syndrome...

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