Back in 1976 I was only 14 years old so my memory of this is non-existent, but perhaps some of my readers would remember it better. In '76 there was another Swine Flu scare, and the .gov decided that it was imperative that everyone in the country be vaccinated. Tens of millions were.
Some developed side-effects that varied from mild, to permanently crippling, to deadly. Here's a 60 Minutes segment on it from (I assume) 1979:
Now, let's get the pertinent parts correct: According to the 60 Minutes piece there was no pandemic. The vaccine given had not been tested, though the documentation given to the patients said it had. The forms the patients signed did not inform them of the (very slight) possibility of adverse reactions to the vaccinations. The government broadcast various "scary" and "everyone is doing it" commercials to convince people to get the shots, even going so far as to lie about who had received innoculations. Now in 1976 the .gov could only encourage, cajole, and browbeat people into getting vaccinated, and they weren't above lying even back then. Now? Who knows? This time there really is a pandemic, though its lethality is still in question. If people start dying this time, what will the reaction be in Washington?
(Found at Dvorak Uncensored)