The cutter incident how americas first polio vaccine led to a growing vaccine crisis michael fitzpatrick journal of the royal society of medicine 2006 99 3 156 156. The cutter incident how americas first polio vaccine led to the growing vaccine crisis rolf zetterstrom acta paediatrica building x501 karolinska university hospital se 171 76 stockholm sweden tel 46 8 517 72149 fax 46 8 517 74034 email rolfzetterstromactapaediatricase search for more papers by this author rolf zetterstrom acta paediatrica building x501 karolinska . The first part of the story deals with the actual incident which involved the failure to completely inactivate the very first lots of inactivated poliovaccine licensed for use in the united states and the resulting epidemic of iatrogenic paralytic polio this incident holds many lessons for us today offit shows how the ultimate outbreak was really the consequence of multiple factors an . W hen i lecture medical students on immunisation i explain that the antivaccine lobby contains few elderly people because most of them have lived through epidemics of vaccine preventable diseases such as polio or diphtheria they have seen the devastation that these diseases can cause and also seen them controlled by immunisation after reading the cutter incident i marvelled that most . As offit observes ironically the cutter incident by creating the perception among scientists and the public that salks vaccine was dangerous led in part to the development of a polio vaccine that was more dangerous the cutter incident had an ambivalent legacy
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