What the 1976 Swine Flu PSAs Didn’t Tell You
Deja-vu all over again?
You may have seen circulating around the Web these cheesy, scaremongering PSA’s, which were on every TV in the nation in 1976. US health officials meant well–after an H1N1 outbreak at an Army Base in Fort Dix, New Jersey, they were worried about a pandemic potentially as dangerous as the 1918 flu outbreak–but in hindsight, the widespread, nationwide immunization program created plenty of problems of its own far outweighing the spread of the flu. Given today’s news that the WHO has declared H1N1 a global pandemic, it’s good to remember that in some ways, we’ve been through this before.