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Flu Not As Contagious As Fear

Swine flu is in the air, but the bug to watch out for is the germ of fear. The school year was coming to a close, and federal health officials, having convinced the president that swine flu was likely to infect huge numbers of people in just a few months, were racing to make a good vaccine for children. So in May of 1976, doctors at Children's National Medical Center turned to kids they knew best. The president of the hospital's board had his kids at Beauvoir, the private elementary school on the grounds of the National Cathedral. The principal,...

By Marc Fisher | May 3, 2009; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (0)


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