WHO knows best? National and international responses to pandemic threats and the "lessons" of 1976

dc.contributorWichita State University. Department of History
dc.contributor.authorDehner, George
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-10T19:30:17Z
dc.date.available2012-02-10T19:30:17Z
dc.date.issued2010-10-01
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dc.description.abstractThe discovery of a novel influenza strain at Fort Dix, New Jersey, in 1976-dubbed Swine Flu-prompted differing responses from national and international health organizations. The United States crafted a vaccination campaign to inoculate every citizen; conversely, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended a 'wait and see' policy. An examination of the WHO conference that issued the influenza policy reveals the decision was driven by the limits of its member states' ability to produce inactivated vaccine and concern over the premature use of unstable live-virus vaccines. The WHO recommendation's reliance upon an uneven surveillance system would have replicated the 1957 and 1968 vaccination failures if a pandemic had appeared.en_US
dc.description.versionPeer reviewed
dc.identifier.citationDehner G. 2010. "WHO knows best? National and international responses to pandemic threats and the "lessons" of 1976". Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. 65 (4): 478-513.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0022-5045
dc.identifier.issn1468-4373
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10057/4444
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhmas/jrq002
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJournal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences;2010:, v.65, no.4
dc.rights.holderCopyright © 2010, Oxford University Press
dc.titleWHO knows best? National and international responses to pandemic threats and the "lessons" of 1976en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
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