Medicine: Off-Again, On-Again Flu Shots

On the list of diseases that have been troublesome to Americans lately, swine flu ranks somewhere below spring fever. Only three cases have been discovered since the flu-related death last year of a soldier at Fort Dix, N.J., and none was fatal. In fact, the massive swine flu vaccine program proved to be more of a threat than the disease: it has been implicated in nearly 400 cases of a little-understood, usually temporary paralysis called Guillain-Barré syndrome. Yet last week, while acknowledging the risks, federal authorities ordered a partial resumption of the on-again,...

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