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Health Officials Kick Off Flu Vaccination Season With Free Flu Shots

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Free flu shots will be given to adults in southeast San Diego Friday as local health officials kick off the flu vaccination season.

The shots will be given to the first 400 adults who show up at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center at 6401 Skyline Drive in Skyline, where shots will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is being hosted by the San Diego Black Nurses Association.

On Wednesday, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced an all-time high of 65 people died during the last flu season in San Diego County. 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.

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 that for those unable to attend today's event, the latest flu vaccine is also 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 to avoid catching or spreading the flu 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 28, 2013 at 8:53 a.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

The Flu Vaccine–What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You (Or Probably Doesn’t Even Know)

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Anon11 | September 29, 2013 at 5:26 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

How do you not have enough critical thinking skills to spot the obvious manipulation taking place in the articles you link?

"Myth #1: There’s No Thimerosal (or Mercury) in the Flu Shot Anymore."

It doesn't matter. Ethylmercury and Methylmercury are very different. The fact the two aren't individually addressed is one form of manipulation.

"Myth #2: Sure, the Flu Vaccine Might Contain Thimerosal, but 25mcg is a Safe Amount. Pregnant Women Can Even Eat Up to 25 mcg of Mercury Contained in Fish."

Again, they address mercury as a whole instead of distinguishing between ethyl- and methyl-. Manipulative!

"Myth #3: Last Year I Got the Flu and I Threw Up Three Times a Day and was Constantly in the Bathroom with Diarrhea! There’s No Way I’m Skipping my Shot This Year!"

I don't know how that's supposed to be a myth, but the article goes on to talk about how the flu vaccine doesn't treat all the illnesses we consider to be "the flu". So it works on what it is supposed to. The problem is the layman self-diagnosing, not the vaccine.

"Myth #4: If I Get a Flu Shot, I Won’t Get the Flu! (And My Body Will Be Healthier and Stronger to Boot!)"

Again, the article just says it doesn't protect against all forms of flu, just the ones it was designed for. So the vaccine works.

What is sneaky is how the article quotes the cdc, but then offers no source for its follow-up claims such as, "Reports of “getting the flu” after vaccination is common." How manipulative is that? Let's just sneak an un-sourced claim after a big quote straight from the cdc website.

"Myth #5: The Flu Vaccine Has Saved Countless Lives."

The article argues against this notion by stating an increase in deaths. This is not a logical argument. Fluctuation in the number of deaths does not mean the vaccine isn't still saving lives. Even if it saves LESS lives, it is still saving lives.

Very sneaky move on the author's part.

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Anon11 | September 29, 2013 at 5:26 p.m. ― 3 years, 6 months ago

And to add insult to injury, let me quote the article:

"Studies have shown that adequate amounts of Vitamin D during the flu months (when Vitamin D levels are at their lowest) can prevent people from contracting influenza up to 100% of the time!!"

What does its source say?

"Although our paper discusses the possibility that physiological doses of vitamin D (5,000 units a day) may prevent colds and the flu, and that physicians might find pharmacological doses of vitamin D (2,000 units per kilogram of body weight per day for three days) useful in treating some of the one million people who die in the world every year from influenza, we remind readers that it is only a theory. Like all theories, our theory must withstand attempts to be disproved with dispassionately conducted and well-controlled scientific experiments."

That was back in 2007. Here's some more recent articles:

"The Institute of Medicine concluded in a 2011 report that the existing data were "not consistently supportive of a causal role" for the vitamin in reducing the risk of infection."

And this is just ONE link that you posted. It is so full of bull it almost overwhelms the less savvy reader. And I'm pretty sure that is the EXACT INTENTION. Manipulation through fear. It's nothing but a gish gallop. (The Gish Gallop, named after creationist Duane Gish, is the debating technique of drowning the opponent in such a torrent of half-truths, lies, and straw-man arguments that the opponent cannot possibly answer every falsehood in real time. )



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