MEDICINE: Roll Down Your Sleeves, America!

"We cannot afford to take a chance with the health of this country." With those words. President Ford last March unveiled an ambitious effort to vaccinate Americans against a possible outbreak of swine flu this winter. Last week, after the latest in a series of setbacks, it was the health of the $135 million mass-inoculation program that seemed in jeopardy. Alarmed by a mysterious paralysis among some people who have received swine flu shots, federal officials indefinitely suspended the nationwide effort. Even if the shots are resumed—and people could be persuaded to take them—they may be too late in...

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