June 1, 2017
Not so long ago, hundreds of millions of people from across the United States and around the globe were given immunizations with a needleless vaccination gun known as a jet injector. The device offered speedy and efficient immunizations to children, civilians and military personnel. Although in 1985 after a jet gun was implicated in spreading the Hepatitis B virus at a Los Angeles clinic, the devices fell under scrutiny. Jet guns were found to act as vehicles in the spread of contagions and viruses due to their reusable parts and lack of sterilization. However, this 1985 incident did not prompt the first investigation into jet injectors. Unbeknownst to the public, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) had secretly conducted safety testing upon the devices almost ten-years prior.
No longer does 4402 North 7th Street in Phoenix, Arizona hold the mystery of research conducted by the CDC. The property, now a part of the Phoenix VA Hospital, was in a bygone era the CDC’s Phoenix Field Station and the location where in the Fall of 1977 the Hepatitis Laboratories Division assessed the possibility of serum hepatitis being transmitted by jet injectors.
A present day image of what was once the Phoenix Field Station. © 2017 Google
The Special Investigations Section, the team overseeing the project, was made-up of Chief, Norman Petersen, and two research microbiologists, Walter Bond and Loretta Carson. They reported their findings to Martin Favero, the Deputy Director of the Hepatitis Laboratories Division, in an Informal Quarterly Report dated Oct-Dec 1977.
Although never classified, the report was never published nor made known to the public.
For the past forty-years the document has been almost non-existent. This author’s attempt to obtain the document through the Freedom of Information Act was delayed for a year before being denied on the grounds that the CDC did not possess any such documents. The only known copy surfaced after retired CDC researcher, Walter Bond, unboxed the paperwork from his basement and shared it with a colleague-friend.
Many have wondered the contents held within the CDC’s unpublished jet injector studies. Now there will no longer be any mystery or secrecy.