Medicine: Flu Shots

ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVE AMERICA, says the U.S. Public Health Service's bright new slogan. Yet as the nation's highly touted program against swine flu began last week, most Americans who wanted to take the slogan's advice stood only to get a cold shoulder. Despite the Ford Administration's original vow to vaccinate 200 million Americans against the dread virus—a form of which possibly caused some half-million deaths in the U.S. alone during the 1918-19 influenza pandemic—only a few health centers round the country were ready to give the shots. Indeed, federal distribution of the vaccine was so erratic that a...

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