Influenza Deaths Vaccination Reports

Influenza, death, vaccination

United Press International (UPI ) reports over 200 people have died from the flu this season, in California. CBS News has released a health report, advising 10 children have died within the first two weeks of the 2014 flu season, nationally. The most dominant strain is the H1N1 that was seen in 2009. Most of the time, it is the young and the old who have weaker immune systems and succumb to the harder effects of the flu.  With the H1N1, however, the primary patients are young adults. San Diego’s public health officer, Dr. Wilma Wooten, reports the 52 percent of those who died this year from the flu were age 60 and younger, some having received the flu vaccination.  This was broadcast in The San Diego Union-Tribune. H3N2 was a strain that killed only 25 percent of this age group.

One patient who died was reportedly healthy before becoming fatally ill very suddenly.  The female allegedly received a flu shot every year except for the most recent year.

Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia have reported the highest influenza-like cases. Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico have been reported to have very high rates of flu sufferers.

All influenza A subtypes are reported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to be carried by birds.  Researchers here claim that swine, however, is known as a “mixing vessel.” The method of transmission from bird to pig is believed to be the water.  There was a genetic similarity in the 1957 H2N2 virus and the water sample from pond water used for barn maintenance.

A major threat by the H2 virus are to those born after 1968 due to little, if any, preexisting immunity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports people can transmit the flu virus from six feet of distance.  It is believed that transmission is most often due to talking to an infected person within this distance and who is infected, or by being in the proximity of someone infected who is coughing or sneezing. Droplets of saliva or mucus that are invisible to the naked eye, can land in the mouths or eyes, or inhaled by someone expectantly. Less commonly, the virus is picked up from touching inanimate surfaces. After being infected, a person is contagious one day before symptoms are present. The infected person remains contagious for five to seven days. Since vaccination has been reported unable to prevent the deaths this flu has caused this season, these facts are critical in understanding the transmission of the virus.

Maggie Fox with NBC News did a report on the vaccine’s effectiveness.  She found that in any given year, a flu shot is only about 60 percent effective. Flu mutates at a very fast rate and this is why people are advised to get a flu shot once a year. Fox reports 40 children to have been killed by the virus this year even though the flu vaccine was prepared for this strain. Many believe, as Maggie Fox states, there would be more answers available to the questionable effectiveness of vaccines if it was ethical to do randomized studies.  Researchers believe closer attention needs to be put on those who do get vaccinated and those who do not.

There are various flu vaccines available, but these vaccines are reported to be composed of one of two main ingredients. The influenza shot contains either an inactivated flu virus or a “recombinant” serum. The NIH writes, “Recombinant vector vaccines are experimental vaccines similar to DNA vaccines.”

Additionally, nasal spray vaccines are available. These contain actual live viruses, but they have been weakened to the point incapable of causing illness.  There is still much reported controversy over the administration of flu vaccines in combating influenza-related deaths. Some argue it is dangerous to inject annual flu vaccines into the body because of the rare but serious side effects. People might have until the next flu season to decide if they will be receiving vaccination, though, this may not actually help.

By Lindsey Alexander


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20 Responses to "Influenza Deaths Vaccination Reports"

  1. very mary   February 10, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    It did say 200 in CALIFORNIA

  2. Bill   February 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Is English this reporters second language? From the confusing title on down this made little sense.

  3. Ayhan Onay   February 9, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    We are immigrants from Russia and live in US. for 35 years as a big family. We never ever had flu shots or deaths. We eat natural grown food, very little meat (twice a month), consume lots of citrus, including in our boiled drinking water. We eat garlic and onion with every meal. Thanks God we don’t even get cold.

  4. TPaine   February 9, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    “..200 died, IN CALIFORNIA.” No mention of nationwide deaths.

  5. Mike W.   February 9, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    “The female allegedly received a flu shot every year except for the most recent year”

    If true, that means she was vaccinated against H1N1 during the 2009-10 season, which is the same strain that’s prevalent this year. Strikes me as odd that the immunity response lasts less than 5 years, but maybe that’s normal?

  6. Fleegkleman Hquerbofy   February 9, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Writing and arguing about getting flu shots as opposed to the dangers of not getting them with many here is like trying to convince a pet dog or cat that thunder storms aren’t death trying to come eat them. Those opposed believe the anecdotal, incorrect palaver that flu shots are part of some vast conspiracy of big pharma and the government trying to control us. I’d rather take the chance of a flu vaccine being effective 60% of the time and have a less serious case of the flu because my body has managed to make some antibodies (as opposed to none) to fight the flu. If the flu shot prevents or mitigates the flu 60% of the time and is only partially effective 40% of the time the choice is obvious. ANY medicine has some percentage of unwanted side effects. If what we want is medicine and medical procedures which are 100% safe for everyone and anyone 100% of the time we might as well go back to the days before antibiotics and anesthesia. I choose not to.

  7. haha   February 9, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    “H3N2 was a strain that killed only 25 percent of this age group.”

    25% of the 0-60 age grouped recently died???

  8. tamcunt   February 9, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Take your Shot like a good boy the Government wil protect you cause they care! Love,The Bilderberg’s

  9. tamcunt   February 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm


  10. Lindsey Alexander   February 9, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    The numbers have been cited. Even in this article I wrote, there are conflicting numbers. I did not ask the researchers myself, but instead, cited the group that did.

  11. Stanley Kerns   February 9, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Is it dangerous to die because you were too dumb to get a flu shot?–when you put both sides on a balance the benefits of getting your flu shot out weigh any (unproven) danger by about 10,000%

  12. Jones   February 9, 2014 at 10:38 am

    What about those who took the shot, and became paralized. Cant work! Lost home! Closed business! Lose income cant work with no compensation from gov. Who said you need to ge shot? Then what? So many people each year without a word this could happen.

    • King Kong   February 9, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Name one such case. We’ll wait…

      • Jones   February 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm

        Guillian barre look it up

  13. Roger   February 9, 2014 at 6:20 am
    53 deaths confirmed in Louisiana with as many as 600 possible already?
    This article was not researched very well at all.

    • Roger   February 9, 2014 at 6:26 am

      Los Angeles Daily news reports 51 Deaths so far in San Bernadino and LA counties alone. Dallas Morning news reporting 43 deaths in Dallas county.
      this is either poor research to say only 200 have died or someone is covering up the information

  14. jalapenoduck   February 9, 2014 at 5:57 am

    This appears to be a poorly-written article. I don’t know exactly what point the author wants to make. At any rate, it still makes sense to get vaccinations.

  15. jim hall   February 9, 2014 at 4:15 am

    Influenza normally kills anywhere from 8 to 45 thousand in the USA alone each year. We’re doing well if only 200 have died so far.

    • PhotoMaineAC   February 9, 2014 at 5:12 am

      Brainwashing effects anywhere from 8 to 45 thousand in the USA alone each year. We’re doing VERY well if only 200 have been brainwashed so far.

      • Allison   February 9, 2014 at 5:22 am

        Best response ever.


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