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January 1, 2015

Flu, pneumonia epidemic

Public health

Deaths from flu, pneumonia ‘epidemic’

By Karen Kaplan LOS ANGELES TIMES

Deaths caused by influenza and pneumonia have hit “epidemic” levels in the U.S. as flu activity became widespread in 36 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Officials reported 837 flu and pneumonia deaths to the CDC through its 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System during the 51st week of the year. Those deaths accounted for 6.8 percent of the 12,358 total deaths that week, just meeting the epidemic threshold.

Cities in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin reported 151 deaths, the most among the nine regions in the system. Another 147 deaths were tallied in the Pacific region, which includes California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii.

The fewest deaths — 42 — were in the area that includes Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.

Influenza activity was considered widespread in 36 states during week 51, according to the CDC’s most recent FluView report.   These states were Ohio, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Ten other states (Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia) had “regional” flu activity, two (Alaska and Oregon) and the District of Columbia had “local” activity, and two (California and Hawaii) had “sporadic” flu activity.

At least 2,643 people have been hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu since Oct. 1, the CDC reported. That works out to a hospitalization rate of 9.7 per 100,000 Americans.

But the risk wasn’t the same for all age groups. Senior citizens had the highest hospitalization rate, at 38.3 per 100,000 people. They were followed by children younger than 5, who were hospitalized at a rate of 13.4 per 100,000.

More than 95 percent of the hospitalizations this flu season were the result of infection with an H3N2 strain of influenza, according to the CDC. Years that are dominated by H3N2 strains tend to involve more cases of severe illness and death, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, has warned.   Complicating matters is the fact that the H3N2 flu strain that’s dominant in the U.S. is not the one that was targeted by the flu vaccines distributed in North America.
Those vaccines were designed to fight an H3N2 strain known as A/Texas/50/ 2012, but only about one-third of the H3N2 viruses the CDC has tested since Oct. 1 are of that type. Most of the rest are of the A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 variety, which emerged in the U.S. in March — after the vaccines were in production.

The CDC’s surveillance continues to show that the other strains picked for the North American vaccines were on target, including the H1N1 virus A/California/7/ 2009 and the influenza B viruses Yamagata/16/88 and B/Victoria/02/87.

(Jan’s comment:    

As accurate as the numbers in this story may be, please consider that life doesn’t have to be like this. The story is disturbing and even frightful adding to our stress burdens.  There is no ray of hope being offered leaving many to wonder if all of life is just a crap-shoot.  Its not!  One should be prepared to ward off trouble before we ever get to the pass.  How?   Back to the basics – you are what you eat, can assimilate. . .and of course — the toxins you avoid.  We live in a polluted world  and we must deal with that.  Clearly, it isn’t just what you eat,  but very importantly, what you don’t let into your precious body.  

We must be conscious always of the toxin levels we choose to allow into our body because they can destroy our immune systems and it is only our natural immunity which protects us.   We are being destroyed chemical by chemical over this last 40 – 50 years by industrialization  and even the medical system for it’s failure to “FIRST DO NO HARM”.   Most, even within the medical complex do not know the harm they are causing.  There is one medical lady,  a professor of nursing who was utterly, torturously destroyed by ONE FLU SHOT. . . . if you haven’t seen this, perhaps you should. . . so that you have all the facts from which to make a decision on your own — here is the link: [Mercola post , XLNT. . just scroll down to the video from Barbara Lowe Fisher]

They Admit It’s Unsafe, But Insist You Risk Your Brain for It
Nobody wants to take responsibility for its side effects, but the experts insist you have it – even though the side effects can include immediate seizures as well as brain inflammation that can lead to permanent brain damage.

 

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