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Four Flu-Related Deaths Reported in Santa Barbara County

By Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @magnoli |

Four flu-related deaths have been reported in Santa Barbara County this season, and there has been an increase in flu activity, according to the Public Health Department.

Every case involved an individual older than age of 60, and three out of four deaths were in people older than age 80, said Susan Klein-Rothschild, a department spokeswoman.

The county also has seen an increase over the previous week in the number of people in hospital emergency departments with influenza-type illness, and local hospital labs have reported testing more patients with rapid tests than the last week, she added.

“We have ongoing surveillance of emergency departments, some labs and some medical providers in the community,” Klein-Rothschild said. “It is not all providers reporting to us.”

The county is in the middle of the peak season for flu, and the Public Health Department encourages everyone to take precautions, including getting vaccinated, practicing good hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes.

San Luis Obispo County has reported three flu-associated deaths within the past few weeks, public health officer Dr. Penny Borenstein said.

She said the flu could have contributed to other medical issues the people had, and the actual causes of death are being reviewed by the county coroner. All three cases — people ages 38 to 90 — had positive test results for the flu.

“The only mandated reporting up to the state is for deaths for individuals younger than 65, so that’s the information we release publicly,” she said. “The numbers of total people testing positive has been up in the last couple of weeks. This is a bit of an earlier peak; it’s usually more into February or early March, so it has been slightly earlier and slightly steeper as to the number of cases.”

Santa Barbara County public health officials say the symptoms for the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.

Young children, elderly people and pregnant women are among the high-risk groups for serious flu-related complications.

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» on 02.09.13 @ 01:20 PM

Regarding the flu vaccine that is being so vigorously promoted in Santa Barbara (to everyone, as in this article, and not just, as in the past, to those defined as particularly at-risk):

Does anyone know which pharmaceutical corporation(s) produce the product being peddled locally and, if so, whether it or they are among the 80% which have been convicted of felonies or are currently under a corporate integrity agreement?

The global pharmaceutical industry has been fined more than $11 billion in the past three years for criminal wrongdoing, including WITHHOLDING SAFETY DATA and promoting drugs for use beyond their licensed conditions.

From the UK Independent (link below):

“...In all, 26 companies, including eight of the 10 top players in the global industry, have been found to be acting dishonestly…

From the New England Journal of Medicine (link at bottom):
“…25 major companies and 8 of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies were under “corporate integrity agreements” …Corporate integrity agreements, now a routine part of settlements for health care fraud, typically require enhanced compliance activities within the company for 5 years, including reports to the government from an independent monitor.”

‘Drug giants fined $11bn for criminal wrongdoing’ (UK Independent)
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/drug-giants-fined-11bn-for-criminal-wrongdoing-8157483.html

Punishing Health Care Fraud — Is the GSK Settlement Sufficient? (New England Journal of Medicine)
http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1209249

» on 02.11.13 @ 05:53 PM

“Four flu-related deaths have been reported in Santa Barbara County this season, and there has been an increase in flu activity, according to the Public Health Department.

Every case involved an individual older than age of 60, and three out of four deaths were in people older than age 80, said Susan Klein-Rothschild, a department spokesman.”

There were only 4 deaths. Is it too complicated to disclose their ages or is the intent to continue to scare the public?

The officaial report is not as daunting. One person was over the age of 60 and the other 3 over the age of 80, could be 100. The coroner should report if the official cause of death was the flu.

“The county also has seen an increase over the previous week in the number of people in hospital emergency departments with influenza-type illness, and local hospital labs have reported testing more patients with rapid tests than the last week, she added.”

Again, no official count, just an estimate of flu-type illnesses. Like in years past, all emergency room visits are cateloged as flu-like, then when the official report is drafted 6 months later, the preliminary counts are almost always grossly overestimated. This report is typically out of the context of time, and no media correction is very provided.

» on 02.11.13 @ 06:22 PM

Out of all those emergency room visits with flu-like symptoms, what percentage was already vaccinated for the flu?

» on 02.11.13 @ 07:23 PM

TheTruthLiesInTheContradictions:

Good question.

Excerpt from relevant reference linked at bottom:

“An ongoing study out of Germany comparing disease rates among vaccinated and unvaccinated children points to a pretty clear disparity between the two groups as far as illness rates are concerned. As reported by the group Health Freedom Alliance, children who have been vaccinated according to official government schedules are up to five times more likely to contract a preventable disease than children who developed their own immune systems naturally without vaccines….”

‘Vaccinated Children Five Times More Prone to Disease than Unvaccinated Children’
http://consciouslifenews.com/vaccinated-children-five-times-prone-disease-unvaccinated-children/1147287/comment-page-1/#comment-99530

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