To provide a public resource on this Federal government program, Ford Library staff members Anne-Louise Mittal and Nancy Mirshah selected and digitized a number of documents and photographs from the Library's holdings. Please click on the links in the other column to view them.
Swine Flu Program Background
Early in 1976 several soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey, fell ill with a strain of H1N1 influenza. One of the soldiers died from this swine flu, leading to fears of a widespread outbreak of a strain of flu that might be closely related to the one that caused the 1918 pandemic.
At the urging of the Center for Disease Control and several well-known and respected scientists, the Ford administration moved quickly to initiate a program to inoculate every American against this perceived threat.
Launching the National Influenza Immunization Program (NIIP), March-April 1976
Delays, Concerns, and Liability Legislation, April-August 1976