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Health Officials Report Record Number Of San Diegans Died During Last Flu Season

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An all-time high of 65 people died during the last "flu season'' in San Diego County, the county Health and Human Services Agency reported Wednesday.

The death toll topped the 58 who perished during the H1N1 pandemic three years ago.

Most of the deaths — which occurred between July 1, 2012, and June 30 of this year — involved elderly victims, and nearly all of them had underlying medical conditions, according to the HHSA.

The agency blamed a severe strain of the illness — H3N2 — which took even healthy people a couple of weeks to shake.

County and local health officials have scheduled a Friday kick-off event for the upcoming flu vaccination season to encourage everyone to get immunized. The San Diego Black Nurses Association will be offering 400 free flu shots to adults 18 years or older from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center, 6401 Skyline Drive.

More than 5,300 influenza cases in the San Diego area were confirmed by laboratories during the last flu season, with the peak near the end of January and early in February, the HHSA reported.

The agency said the latest flu vaccine is already available at doctors' offices and pharmacies. People without medical insurance can get a flu shot at a county public health center.

Other precautions people should take include washing their hands thoroughly and often; using hand sanitizers; staying home when ill; avoiding touching the eyes, nose, and mouth; and routinely cleaning commonly touched surfaces, according to the HHSA.

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MadMamaBear | September 26, 2013 at 9:16 a.m. ― 1 year ago

The media fear mongering ramps up. Let's take a quick look at the hype versus the evidence.

http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/October-2012/Influenza-Deaths--The-Hype-vs--The-Evidence.aspx

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MadMamaBear | September 26, 2013 at 9:40 a.m. ― 1 year ago

NVIC (National Vaccine Information Center) includes links to the official CDC and FDA site, including the flu vaccine package inserts licensed in the US. Remember the FDA doesn't require manufactures to disclose GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) or proprietary (secret) ingredients.

Educate before you vaccinate. Find out which ones contain mercury and aluminum, both known neurotoxins. Find out which ones shed live virus so you quarantine yourself while you're contagious. Find out which ones contain foreign DNA.

Be sure to ask your doctor or the nice lady at the drug/grocery store which one she wants to give you along with your bonus points for shopping today.

http://www.nvic.org/Vaccines-and-Diseases/Influenza.aspx

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MadMamaBear | September 26, 2013 at 9:48 a.m. ― 1 year ago

Study: Flu Vaccine Causes 5.5 Times More Respiratory Infections – A True Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Study

http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/study-flu-vaccine-causes-5-5-times-more-respiratory-infections-a-true-vaccinated-vs-unvaccinated-study/

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Anon11 | September 26, 2013 at 12:57 p.m. ― 1 year ago

"Educate before you vaccinate. Find out which ones contain mercury and aluminum, both known neurotoxins."

There are two, very different, types of mercury which people should know about: methylmercury and ethylmercury.

Mercury is a naturally occurring element found in the earth's crust, air, soil, and water. Since the earth's formation, volcanic eruptions, weathering of rocks and burning coal have caused mercury to be released into the environment. Once released, certain types of bacteria in the environment can change mercury into methylmercury. Methylmercury makes its way through the food chain in fish, animals, and humans. At high levels, it can be toxic to people.

Thimerosal contains a different form of mercury called ethylmercury. Studies comparing ethylmercury and methylmercury suggest that they are processed differently in the human body. Ethylmercury is broken down and excreted much more rapidly than methylmercury. Therefore, ethylmercury (the type of mercury found in the influenza vaccine) is much less likely than methylmercury (the type of mercury in the environment) to accumulate in the body and cause harm.

Thimerosal has a proven track record of being very safe. Data from many studies show no convincing evidence of harm caused by the low doses of thimerosal in vaccines.

(source: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/thimerosal/thimerosal_faqs.html)

Educate before you vaccinate, indeed.

"The media fear mongering ramps up. Let's take a quick look at the hype versus the evidence."

We just did, and your fear mongering is once again exposed.

By the way, copying and pasting link after link without actually reading or understanding what it is doesn't serve to progress this discussion in any sort of positive direction. Address the inconsistencies others point out, rather than piling on more link spam, as if that somehow validates your position. Dodging counterpoints doesn't mean you're right, it means your position is weak because you have to dodge.

Maybe, just maybe, you're buying into superstition. Maybe the fact that polio and smallpox are practically eradicated is enough evidence to show the net benefit of vaccinations. Just ask yourself... what if you're wrong? You're risking the lives of children, because of some made-up link between MMR and autism that spiraled way out of control.

Just think, if you can't demonstrate a capability to critically analyze the situation when it comes to fear mongering regarding mercury in vaccines, where else are you being deceived? At what point do you stop, realize you've been lied to, and start to question all the other hype? Because really, the anti-vaccine crowd is the group using fear to promote their agenda.

When you hear people say their kids' autism is cured, you should know you're dealing with mental midgets. But instead, it becomes a giant circlejerk of anti-vaccination hysteria. Maybe the appropriate term for it is Jenny McCarthyism.

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Peking_Duck_SD | September 27, 2013 at 8:54 a.m. ― 1 year ago

I prefer to go with the public health knowledge I gained in graduate school that shows the benefit of vaccines far exceeds the risk rather than take any health advice from some obviously agenda-driven Internet hysteric called "MadMamaBear".

Mad, indeed dear.

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