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Season's First Flu Fatality Hits Orange County

A 51-year-old man became Orange County's first fatal victim of this year's flu season.

A 51-year-old Fountain Valley man died from influenza-B-related disease, making him the first person in Orange County to die from flu-related causes this season, the county Health Care Agency announced today.

The man, whose name was not released, died last week, according to the county.

Health officials said the man's death should serve as a reminder for people to get vaccinated, noting the flu season has not yet peaked in the area.

The highest priority groups that should be vaccinated are children under 5, especially those under 2; pregnant women; people aged 65 or older; people who are morbidly obese; children and adolescents receiving long-term aspirin therapy; people with chronic diseases such as heart or lung disease, diabetes or asthma; people with weakened immune systems; and health care workers.

Information on obtaining a flu shot is available online at http://findaflushot.com. The county also offers shots to eligible people through a vaccination program, with information available by calling (800) 564-8448 or online at www.ochealthinfo.com.

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Do you get the flu shot every year? Why or why not?

 - City News Service

Shripathi Kamath December 31, 2012 at 11:14 PM
"Do you get the flu shot every year? Why or why not?" Yes. Because it is recommended for me by my PCP at my bi-annual visit, affordable, and the cheapest precaution against flu. Reduces my odds of contracting it significantly with negligible downside. There, the dog whistle to anti-vaccers has now been issued loud and clear. May pandemonium reign!
Kelly Gottus January 01, 2013 at 03:13 PM
I want to who your comments above Shripathi. I too vaccinate myself and my children. The evidence shows the benefits far outweigh the risk. And to those who ask (and have asked) aren't I worried about it causing Autism. Scientific evidence and the AAP have said it is a scientific impossibility. And to me, lets say that it is a risk, I would MUCH prefer my child Autistic than dead. I mean, where are our priorities when we don't vaccinate our most precious children because we have a foundless fear that it MIGHT cause Autism but the upside is your child lives a physically healthy life? And, for vaccines like Polio, you are risking much more a risk of disability if you DO NOT vaccinate! Polio is coming back with a vengeance, along with many other deadly diseases like bacterial menningitis (mortality rate is in the 90% in children) Why? Because our "herd immunity" that protects those who can not be vaccinated, is significantly reduced when those that are able to vaccinated choose not to, and therefore not only contract the disease but then spread it to those who can not be vaccinated.
Charles January 01, 2013 at 04:06 PM
I asked my pastor what my opinion should be about flu shots. He told me I don't need to get a flu shot. That's good enough for me. So, therefore, I won't get one.
Shripathi Kamath January 01, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Unfortunately wingnuts like Bill Maher, Jenny McCarthy, Bachmann, and a bunch of others are influential enough where the disinformation they spread actually hurts us all. Not vaccinating your own child is also risk to *other* kids. Kids who have compromised immune systems, for example, rely on the group around them being vaccinated. That message gets lost, because, heck, I am stumped as to why parents disregard science. I hurts us: http://bit.ly/theG1r
JustUs January 01, 2013 at 06:24 PM
You know, it's interesting that only a minority of medical doctors get flu shots. heh. Did you ever wonder what they know that we don't know? Hmmm? Ask a nurse sometimes if her doctors get a flu shot? You might be surprised at the answer you get. :)
Charles January 01, 2013 at 06:36 PM
"CDC data posted online Dec. 3 found that 83.8% of doctors had been immunized against influenza as of Nov. 18" from http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/12/10/hlsb1214.htm
OC mom of boys January 01, 2013 at 07:06 PM
People don't not vaccinate only because of autism. My cousin got Gillian barre from the flu shoot. It causes many more things than just autism and had long term affects. When we change a light bulb and it breaks you are supposed to do special clean up because of mercury yet yearly people shoot it into their bodies via vaccines. Have you ever read three ingredients to the vaccines??!! They are good and bad but i don't think it is dumb when people choose not to vaccinate. There isn't even a guarantee that the flu shoot is even for the flu that goes around. You know people have died from the flu before even after having a vaccine. My kids were vaccinated for chicken pox.... Still got them. Found out my son doesn't build immunities to vaccines (via blood work). Shots aren't for everyone.
OC mom of boys January 01, 2013 at 07:06 PM
People don't not vaccinate only because of autism. My cousin got Gillian barre from the flu shoot. It causes many more things than just autism and had long term affects. When we change a light bulb and it breaks you are supposed to do special clean up because of mercury yet yearly people shoot it into their bodies via vaccines. Have you ever read three ingredients to the vaccines??!! They are good and bad but i don't think it is dumb when people choose not to vaccinate. There isn't even a guarantee that the flu shoot is even for the flu that goes around. You know people have died from the flu before even after having a vaccine. My kids were vaccinated for chicken pox.... Still got them. Found out my son doesn't build immunities to vaccines (via blood work). Shots aren't for everyone.
JustUs January 01, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Yeah, sure Charles. So that's what the doctors told them? heh. Again, ask you nurse how many of the docs in the office were vaccinated. Why would you believe government stats? You should know better than that.
JustUs January 01, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Naturally they don't say what other illnesses the 51 YO man suffered from. I'm guessing that he had significant disease that compromised his immune system. Healthy people don't die from the flu. Don't buy the hype.
OC mom of boys January 01, 2013 at 07:49 PM
My condolences to his family.
Pam Ragland January 02, 2013 at 03:54 AM
Had to weigh in--attack away!! I'm quickly becoming an expert in Autism--found out by accident my "healing" gift Thought Shifting(TM) helps these kids be much more normal... I'm doing leading edge work; you won't find this elsewhere. So, if you disagree... go become a true leading edge expert then come back & argue with me. Don't rely on studies other people do. 1) Vaccines do not CAUSE Autism -- they make the ALREADY Autistic child LESS FUNCTIONAL, because of heavy metal build up. THIS is why Mercury & other additives matter. So, if a child is Autistic, they often make their functioning & symptoms worse. THIS is why there are no conclusive studies on this -- because you would FIRST have to know the child was Autistic, then separate those kids and vaccinate vs. not as a control group to study. Since there are no ways (other than what I do) to do early identification, no study has ever been accurate. It's like comparing apples to oranges. This is also why some people (like Jenny McCarthy, & many other parents) SWEAR their child suddenly had impacts of vaccines. They HAVE. 2) Vaccines are BIG BUSINESS. Don't you wonder why there is a separate court just for Vaccine issues? That's right, in the US we actually have a "Vaccine Court". You cannot sue in regular court. Look it up. 3) My kids have repeatedly gotten the flu, despite the vaccine. As someone else pointed out-they don't work for everyone. So why risk it? Especially for young kids.
Kelly Gottus January 02, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Pam. While I applaud your efforts with autistic children, a Ph.D in Biological Psychology trumps opinions and "likely casualties." 1st: The form of mercury in vaccines in thimerosol and it is a big fat molecule incapable of passing the blood brain barrier. Mercury can pass through, thus the change in the chemical composition to Thimerosol by the manufacturers. 2nd: Mercury poisoning looks like a mental illness (ever heard of the Mad Hatter?) and NOTHING like autism. In fact, the DSM-V will no longer include autism as a mental illness, which working with these children you must know they are not mentally ill. (Side note on Mad Hatter comment: The phrase mad hatter comes from the days when the felt that made up hats contained mercury, the hatters handled the felt with their bare hands. And, as I stated before, mercury is a small molecule and able to pass through the blood brain barrier and obviously the epidermis as well. Bet you will never watch Alice in Wonderland the same again.:-) 3rd: the majority of vaccines given to pediatrics are thimerosol free. 4th the CYP450 enzyme system is extremely efficient at detoxifying the body when the liver is provided the rest and healthy living required to regenerate. 5th: not all children with autism are cured with a heavy metal poisoning detoxification, gluten free diets, dairy free and whatever other trendy stab in the dark is popular to bilk good poeple of their money and rob them of their hope...more on my next post...
Kelly Gottus January 02, 2013 at 04:31 AM
In fact, the most likely cause of autism is not any one specific etiology, rather autism, must come from a multitude of etiologies. Otherwise, there would never have been autism prior to vaccines. Finally, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the FDA have verified the safety of these products. If you look at products that have been withdrawn from the market, you will see that we often have great medications pulled from the market just because of the slightest hint of a possible issue, and often it is because it is prescribed inappropriately, taken inappropriately and misused. There are still products on the market that have killed people (because they were given to the wrong patient type), and yet kept on the market because they saved hundreds of thousands of lives.) How do I know this? Because I have personally worked with all of these entities and prescription products. So, again, no disrespect for the great behavioral modification work,or retraining the brain and so on...but science and hundreds of thousands of medical practitioners, PhD's and scientists who do nothing but test the safety of products are a bit more knowledgable than Hollywood, who loves to spin tall tales, fancy themselves political pundits and experts, and whatever "role" they feel like playing that week. They need to stick with fiction, and stay away from trying to play doctor in real life.
Shripathi Kamath January 02, 2013 at 05:09 AM
"Vaccines do not CAUSE Autism -- they make the ALREADY Autistic child LESS FUNCTIONAL" Please cite the peer-reviewed scientific literature that affirms this, because http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/Concerns/thimerosal/thimerosal_timeline.html goes against what you claimed. Also, thimerosal was removed from vaccines in Denmark and Sweden in the early 1990s. Yet autism rates continued to increase after that. How do you explain that? A recent study showed a similar trend in the US where despite finding no connection to autism, in the late 1990s, thimerosal was removed from some drugs. "Vaccines are BIG BUSINESS" So would a company make more money by administering the three or four doses of the polio vaccine, or would a company make more money by continually treating an unvaccinated child with polio? Are BIG BUSINESSes so dumb that they'll simply rip you off with cheap shots when they can create an whole industry out of treating the disease? "I'm quickly becoming an expert in Autism--found out by accident my "healing" gift Thought Shifting(TM) helps these kids" Fortunately that is not big business, otherwise people might suspect an ulterior motive. Like Tor Eckman, Kramer's holistic healer on Seinfeld: http://youtu.be/uH5IMv2jeuk Oh, and what Kelly Gottus said.
Pam Ragland January 02, 2013 at 05:24 AM
Dear Kelly, 1) I did not say these children have Mercury Poisoning (so all Mad Hatter comments off the table) 2) Nor did I say Austim is CAUSED by heavy metals. I was very clear it can CONTRIBUTE to symptoms. It is effectively an overload of the nervous system. It is "one more thing" in a sea of perservatives, chemicals, & environmental factors that throws some children over the edge so to speak, depending on what else they are already exposed to, & the rate they detox. Absent Vaccines, & even with chelation, yes they still have Autism. But, they do not have to have such severe symptoms. 2) If you have researched this area, you will then know that Autistic children do not detox at the same level as other children. This is why the metal/toxins build up. 3) Autism is not a Psychiatric "disease" (I was quoted on the DSM changes), it is largely neurological. There is currently a debate about whether or not Autism even belongs in the DSM. I say it doesn't. 4) If you have specifically separated Autistic children from not before any vaccines, then studied it, I would be all over that research. Please share. 5) All this has really nothing to do with the FDA ... it doesn't mean Vaccines aren't SAFE. It means they can be a CONTRIBUTOR to Autism. I attempted to explain why, instead of just stating what is obvious to many parents of Autistic kids. 6) Using what I've uncovered (this & much more), I have reversed the major effects of Autism.
Tom Sheltraw January 02, 2013 at 05:28 AM
OC mom of boys: I'm with you completely!
Pam Ragland January 02, 2013 at 05:33 AM
To clarify point 5... a contributor to Autism symptoms... not Autism. I do not believe Vaccines CAUSE Autism, only that they can make symptoms and behavior worse.
Shripathi Kamath January 02, 2013 at 05:45 AM
"Nor did I say Austim is CAUSED by heavy metals. I was very clear it can CONTRIBUTE to symptoms" Actually you were very clear that it *does* contribute. "Vaccines do not CAUSE Autism -- they make the ALREADY Autistic child LESS FUNCTIONAL, because of heavy metal build up" is what you said. What you do not provide is the scientific evidence behind your claim. "Using what I've uncovered (this & much more), I have reversed the major effects of Autism." Business must be booming, congratulations!
JustUs January 02, 2013 at 07:12 AM
If we controlled our borders our children in the schools wouldn't need to get a smorgasboard of vaccine injections by the time they reached 8 years of age. We are seeing the resurgence of eradicated diseases that we haven't seen in this country for 50 years. Ask yourself "why?". :)
fact checker January 02, 2013 at 10:17 AM
Because parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children, for whatever reason, "we are seeing the resurgence or eradicated diseases that we haven't seen in the this country for 50 years." It has nothing to do with our borders. If children are vaccinated they won't get these diseases.
JustUs January 02, 2013 at 02:02 PM
"Because parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children..." "It has nothing to do with our borders. If children are vaccinated they won't get these diseases." I laugh at your moniker, fact checker. Because you don't have a clue about what you say and your 'facts' are far fetched. lol. The CDC itself has said that medically unscreened illegal immigrants who enter the country without authorization are bringing these ungodly diseases that we eradicated 50 years ago in America back to our country. If you were truly a 'fact checker' you would know this. And parents have NO CHOICE but to vaccinate their kids if they enter the school system. It is a REQUIREMENT under the school codes. So, again, you don't know what the heck you're talking about. You need a crash course in 'fact checking' before you comment on these boards. lol.
Mick January 02, 2013 at 07:07 PM
So, do you go to your plumber to see if you should get required repairs for your car when you advised by the manufacturer of a recall?

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