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    Default The Cutter Incident: How America's 1st Polio Vaccine Led to a Growing Vaccine Crisis

    For years I had heard references to the Cutter incident but never found the actual story until now.

    Michael Fitzpatrick
    J R Soc Med. 2006 Mar; 99(3): 156.
    PMCID: PMC1383764

    In April 1955 more than 200 000 children in five Western and mid-Western USA states received a polio vaccine in which the process of inactivating the live virus proved to be defective. Within days there were reports of paralysis and within a month the first mass vaccination programme against polio had to be abandoned. Subsequent investigations revealed that the vaccine, manufactured by the California-based family firm of Cutter Laboratories, had caused 40 000 cases of polio, leaving 200 children with varying degrees of paralysis and killing 10.

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    Default Re: The Cutter Incident: How America's 1st Polio Vaccine Led to a Growing Vaccine Cri

    New information for me. Never heard of the Cutter Incident. Having a U.S. President with polio behind the effort to develop a vaccine most assuredly expedited the entire process. I visited the Salk institute in San Diego, where I collected data on biological germs that could be weaponized. Surprisingly, the staff provided an unexpected honest history about the early failures of both Jonas Salk and the salk polio vaccine.

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    Default Re: The Cutter Incident: How America's 1st Polio Vaccine Led to a Growing Vaccine Cri

    A side note: My understanding is that the famous photograph of many people inside iron lung devices was as a result of the Cutter incident, although it typically has been used as a scare tactic about the polio illness itself.

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    Default Re: The Cutter Incident: How America's 1st Polio Vaccine Led to a Growing Vaccine Cri

    I vividly remember seeing that photograph, but didn't know it was connected to the Cutter incident. Thanks for that tidbit.

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    If we're thinking of the same photo, rows of polio victims in iron lungs with a few nurses here and there, it's fake. It was a staged photo for propaganda purposes. (I just learned that myself).
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    Fake news is nothing new!

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