Increase in Flu Activity is Reported

State Health Officer urges flu vaccination before peak season

Monday, January 14, 2013
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“California is seeing an accelerated increase in flu activity over the past few weeks,” said Dr. Chapman. “You can help prevent further spread of the flu by getting a flu shot.”

While influenza activity varies from year to year and is unpredictable, California generally sees an increase in cases in late December or early January and it often peaks in February or March. According to CDPH surveillance indicators, influenza activity in California is beginning to show a steady increase.

“The best defense against the flu is getting vaccinated. This year’s vaccine is an excellent match against this year’s influenza strains,” Dr. Chapman says. “There is no shortage of vaccine in California and it is not too late to get vaccinated. Our flu season may not peak for several more weeks, so I encourage everyone to get vaccinated to protect not only themselves, but those with whom they come into contact.”

Dr. Chapman also notes that in addition to getting vaccinated, it’s important to practice good hand washing and other good health habits. People who are ill should take actions to stop the spread of germs such as:

• While sick, limit contact with others

• cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing

• wash hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based rub

• avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

Those at highest risk - the elderly, pregnant women, infants, or those with other health conditions - who show flu symptoms should contact their physician immediately in order to get the most effective treatment. Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.


Independent Discussion Guidelines

Is there a flu-shot clinic, I wonder?

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
January 14, 2013 at 10:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The CDC openly admits that vaccines contain a toxic cocktail of metals and synthetic chemicals that are known to cause neurological damage. Ingredients can include aluminum, mercury, MSG, and formaldehyde.

This industrial filth suppresses the immune system, which makes getting the flu more likely rather than less.

This article...

‘5 Reasons Why I’ll Never Get a Flu Shot’

…lists 18 ingredients of a typical flu shot with information about the dangers of these toxins, and includes:

“In actuality, the flu shot prevents the flu in only 1.5 out of 100 adults. You can wade through the abstract at The Lancet here.”

About 20 minutes per day of exposure to the sun (at our latitude in fall and early winter) produces sufficient Vitamin D to reduce the chance of experiencing the flu.

More here (among many other sources):

JohnTieber (anonymous profile)
January 14, 2013 at 11:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

“According to the CDC, the flu vaccine reduces the odds of getting the flu by 70% to 90%. You may wonder why there's such a wide range. And in fact, it's even wider than it seems: that statistic only applies to healthy adults. It turns out that the effectiveness of the flu vaccine depends on a number of different factors. Here's a rundown of what they are.”...

Bottom line: WebMD recommends that most people get an annual flu shot, preferably before Thanksgiving…

hodgmo (anonymous profile)
January 14, 2013 at 12:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Be warned: The one year my dad took a flu shot he got so violently ill as a result of the shot he felt as though he was dying.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
January 14, 2013 at 5:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Getting a flu shot is a personal decision, of course. Some do have negative reactions, though it is reported to be rare. If at all unsure "talk to your doctor." For what it's worth, I, my wife and a live-in elderly parent have been getting flu shots for years with little or no side effects - and we rarely get the flu compared to those we know. Usually we've gotten the shot from a Sansum clinic (which does the Saturday Farmer's Market occasionally); this year we took advantage of the senior fair at Earl Warren. We have heard of bad experiences (lots of swelling) at at least one drug store chain.

hodgmo (anonymous profile)
January 14, 2013 at 6:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

For many of us the flu shot is utterly unnecessary; I'm over 60 and around children constantly, THEY are my flu shot. No hubris here, but until I keep getting the flu I'll skip the shot. I do know that in Germany, with a much superior health care system, they generally don't think this shot (only 60% effective, anyway, they so claim) is worth unless people are elderly and have had some serious auto=immune problems.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2013 at 4:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

hodgmo wrote: "talk to your doctor"

Assuming you are referring to an MD, considering that these practitioners have been trained in medical schools that increasingly are funded by, and heavily influenced by, vaccine manufacturers, and that (see link at bottom) at least some of these pharmaceutical corporations are criminal organizations and/or credibly suspected to be (GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Phizer,... ), it doesn't seem reasonable to me to make a decision to inject a cocktail of toxins into one's body because the practitioner selling it deems it OK.

'Big Pharma criminality...'

JohnTieber (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2013 at 10:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"…it doesn't seem reasonable to me to make a decision to inject a cocktail of toxins into one's body because the practitioner selling it" –JohnTieber (Joined: Jan. 14, 2013, 4 posts)

How demeaning and what awful logic: Some doctors benefit from pharmaceutical sales therefore don’t trust your doctor. Some new posters are trolls therefore JohnTieber is a troll. Weak. My GP lives in SB, is an avid bicyclist and has always treated me quickly and effectively, usually without drugs. I suspect there are plenty of MDs that offer honest and competent service, I’ll stick my neck out and say most do. One indication that this is the norm is the significant increase in our average lifespan realized in a generation or two. What are your medical credentials JohnTieber? Ever stitched someone up, cured a disease or set a bone? Done any bona fide medical research? If you have, we’d all benefit from hearing about your results.

hodgmo (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2013 at 11:22 a.m. (Suggest removal)

hodgmo wrote: "According to the CDC…"

The CDC is not a credible source (which is why I used the word "openly" in my second sentence above; i.e. "EVEN the CDC admits…").

I doubt it's necessary for me to elaborate on the increasing corruption at the federal level exemplified by the revolving door between the giant (and often criminal) transnational corporations and the agencies who supposedly regulate them, but which increasingly are simply acting as their public relations firms.

Regarding the CDC, here's just one of numerous examples (search engine results page link for 'CDC pharmaceutical revolving door' is at bottom):

'Former head of CDC lands lucrative job as president of Merck vaccine division...'

"…Dr. Julie Gerberding, who headed the CDC from 2002 through 2009, landed a top job with Merck, one of the largest drug companies in the world. Her job there? She's the new president of the vaccine division…"

Gibiru search results page: 'CDC pharmaceutical revolving door' :

JohnTieber (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2013 at 11:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

@JohnTieber: If the head of the CDC went to private industry, this may indicate a conflict of interest – or it may not. Either way, it’s a long stretch to then conclude that the entire CDC is in cahoots with drug companies, or other such conspiracy theory. I will continue to trust the medical community when I have health problems or injuries. How do you know you are not jumping from the pan into the fire?

In “THE END of ILLNESS” by David Agus, MD (page 211) he says: “I’m a big believer in flu vaccines.” And then goes on as to why. From an interview with Dr. Agus:
Q. What are the top 10 actions I can take to reduce my cancer risk? --Ben D
1. Avoid vitamins and supplements
2. Discuss aspirin and statins with your doctor
3. Participate in the prescribed cancer screening programs
4. Exercise regularly and move during the day
5. Have lean body mass
6. Avoid tobacco products
7. Avoid direct sun exposure without sunscreen
8. Avoid sources of inflammation
9. Get a yearly flu shot

hodgmo (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2013 at 12:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Additional information (from three sources, each followed by an excerpt) regarding how, while at the beach, and without exposing oneself to potentially dangerous industrial toxins within products produced by transnational criminal organizations, one can strengthen one's immune system against seasonal flu and other typically non-life threatening temporary afflictions.

'How To Make Sure That You Are Getting Enough Vitamin D For Your Best Health' (Dr. Ben Kim)

"…There's a growing mountain of evidence that indicates that having enough vitamin D in your body is essential to reducing your risk of every disease that we know of.…[instructions:] simply google "latitude of the name of your city." Once you have the latitude of your city…"

'The Healing Power of Sunlight and Vitamin D' (Dr. Michael Holick)

"Dr. Michael Holick is the world's foremost authority on vitamin D and the healing power of natural sunlight. He's the author of The UV Advantage…"

'Vitamin D – Why You are Probably NOT Getting Enough…' (Dr. Mark Hyman)

"…Vitamin D also helps prevent the flu and colds and infections. In an observational study of Finnish soldiers, those with 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels higher than 16 ng/mL (40 nmol/L) had fewer respiratory infections than those with lower levels.(v) More recently, in a double-blind randomized controlled trial involving school girls, supplementation with 1200 IU/d of vitamin D3 during the wintertime significantly reduced influenza A infections…"

JohnTieber (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2013 at 2:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Here's some additional information from Mr. JohnTieber's quotable information source "":

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binky (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2013 at 3:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

""...quotable information source ""...""

I have never, nor would I ever, consider a "quotable information source, " whatever that might be. is a compendium site, as is, for instance, Huffington Post and many others. I doubt any person reasonably familiar with online media would assume that everything posted on such sites is equally credible.

In none of my previous comments did I recommend a specific site, only specific articles. In at least one instance, in fact, because I felt that portions of an article were not credible, I purposely recommended only a specific portion of the article ('...lists 18 ingredients of a typical flu shot...').

JohnTieber (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2013 at 4:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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