What’s Up with the Flu This Year?

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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California is one of the 8 states. In Santa Barbara County, we have not seen an increase in flu at this time. Colds and respiratory illness are being seen at high levels in our community which may look like influenza.

Takashi Wada, MD, MPH, will being making a brief presentation at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. He will speak during public comment, shortly after 9:00 am. He will discuss what is happening with influenza nationally, in California and locally. Dr. Wada will also talk about the availability of vaccine, the match of the vaccine to the flu strains seen this year, who should get vaccinated and danger signs for serious flu illness.

Flu season started early this season in most parts of the country. There have been high levels reported in numerous states. Although Santa Barbara County flu levels are somewhat lower than what we saw last year at this time, we have seen an increase in reports since the end of December.

Flu season typically runs through spring. It is possible that our community will see an increase over the next few months. It is recommended that everyone take the following steps to stop the spread of influenza:

- Get a flu vaccine if you have not done so

- Stay home if sick

- Use good hand hygiene

- Cover coughs and sneezes

- It takes a couple a of weeks after receiving the vaccine before it becomes fully effective

For more information, go to or the Public Health Department website under Immunization Project.


Independent Discussion Guidelines

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 can increase, rather than decrease, the chances of getting the flu.

This article...

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

…lists 18 ingredients of a typical flu shot with information about the potential dangers of these toxins.

Many of the vaccine manufacturers are criminal organizations that have repeatedly been found guilty of felony crimes. More here:

About 20 minutes per day exposing about 30% of your skin 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 15, 2013 at noon (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…

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."

hodgmo (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2013 at 12:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"According to the CDC…"

The CDC is not a credible source.

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 (click link at bottom for more):

'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: 'CDC pharmaceutical revolving door' :

JohnTieber (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2013 at 12:32 p.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 12:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hello "JohnTieber!"

Here's another search you may find illuminating:

::: "Anti-vaccination hysteria"

binky (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2013 at 12:48 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 2:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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

:: "Completely automatic healing
"The truly amazing part of all this is not the cancer-like processes that are delicately controlled by your body wisdom; it's not even the fact that your body has the ability to re-grow lost cells -- it's the fact that all this takes place without any conscious involvement on your part."
Learn more:

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:: " Flu pandemic got you concerned? Powerful home remedies available now at the Natural News store"
Learn more:

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: : "Overcome diabetes with these powerful therapeutic herbs
"If you or someone you know suffers from either diabetes or pre-diabetes, it might come as a surprise to learn that a life of endless insulin shots and blood glucose drugs is not your only treatment option. If you are serious about truly overcoming your diabetic condition, there are actually a number of all-natural herbal remedies available that possess proven curative benefits. Here are some of your best options: 1) Ginseng. Known for its ability to help modulate blood sugar levels..."
Learn more:

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binky (anonymous profile)
January 15, 2013 at 3:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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

I have never, nor would I likely 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 4:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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