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Was the dreaded Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918 (to which the potential bird flu virus has been ominously compared) the result not of the virus, but of the widespread vaccinations administered, allegedly to ward off this and other diseases?

In an Internet article contained within an alternative health and nutrition newsletter, Eleanora McBean – who claims she is old enough to remember - recalls statements of the day such as, "more soldiers were killed by vaccine shots than by shots from enemy guns," which was indeed a common expression during and after World War I.

In fact, reputable sources have pointed out that the first outbreak of that illness was in a military camp preparing to go overseas, after massive vaccinations, and that the only other sighting of that particular flu strain (according to the Center for Disease Control itself) occurred in 1976, at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and among recently vaccinated troops. Fort Dix was apparently a well known vaccine trial center. - ST