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Get those flu shots before it gets you

Original post made by Jeb Bing, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly, on Oct 16, 2009

Early anxiety over the swine flu has waned a bit primarily because the large numbers of flu-like illnesses being reported are just that: typical influnza that we deal with every year. It's early for a flu outbreak, which usually comes in the late fall-early winter timeframe.

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Posted by Joseph
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 16, 2009 at 10:57 am

[Portion removed due to disrespectful comment]

"Early anxiety over the swine flu has waned a bit primarily because the large numbers of flu-like illnesses being reported are just that: typical influnza that we deal with every year."

Actually that is FALSE. [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment]

H1N1 is very widespread. There is less anxiety about it because it isn't rampantly killing people as some fear-mongers originally implied it would.

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Posted by Joseph
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 16, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Here is another article supporting my claim that H1N1 is widespread: Web Link

Nice reporting Bing.

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Posted by Sue
a resident of Country Fair
on Nov 5, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Good information in the link, Joseph. Surprised Jeb hasn't PULLED it yet. He POLITICAL BIAS doesn't tolerate a fair press. The very informative comments & replys to 'Obama's Katrina' post didn't meet with Jeb's censorship so he pulled....only allows phony, even false information. His goal is not to enlighten if it interferes with his
bias....even if it means dispensing false info.

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Posted by Sue
a resident of Country Fair
on Nov 5, 2009 at 9:32 pm

It seems Jeb is clouding the information....refering to many getting shots....yes flu shots !! but NOT SWINE flu shots !! We don't have them in Pleasanton.. Did, but it was at Pleasanton's low-income 'CLINIC'....not available to others.
Actually, when it was time for schools to open, I heard Sec'y Sebilius say the SWINE H1N1 wasn't available yet because of 'distribution' problems, but schools needed to be open, because low-income children wouldn't get food at home and needed to continue to be fed at school...(well, I guess that's one reason to keep schools open ??)
On two different networks in recent weeks, I've seen & heard (stick foot in mouth) Anita Dunn, inner staff circle to Obama, twice refer to the swine PANDEMIC !

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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Nov 6, 2009 at 9:05 am

So Sue, are you saying that low income people are less deserving of being vaccinated than the more affluent?

Does it occur to you that it might be done that way because those with insurance can see a doctor when they get sick, but low income people without any insurance don't go for medical care unless they're very sick due to cost. I can tell you this is true from personal experience.

You might want to note how you come across. I'm sure you don't really mean to disparage those less fortunate than you, right?

Every person deserves the same preventative care.

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Posted by not an extremist
a resident of Mohr Park
on Nov 17, 2009 at 5:25 pm

The H1N1 vaccine has mainly been available thru free clinics for the uninsured and not by private doctors.

So Janna, let me ask you this. Do you believe the uninsured should have special prefrence in recieving the vaccine over the insured?

My opinion is no way! All people insured and uninsured in high risk categories should have equal access to the vaccine. Currently, that is not the case. People with health insurance deserve the same access.

Health insurance is not free. My premium now costs $700.00 per month for my family. This does not include deductables, copayments, and at least 20% of each medical bill not covered by insurance. My family is struggling to make ends meet. My husband and I works out butts off, but I still have a pile of medical and dental bills sitting here, and not enough money to pay them. A free vaccine to protect my kids sounds pretty wonderful about now.

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Posted by John G
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Nov 18, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Dr. Anthony Morris, a distinguished virologist and former Chief Vaccine Office at the U.S. Federal Drug Administration:
“There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza” and that 'The producers of these vaccines know they are worthless, but they go on selling them anyway.'

- “I have never been impressed with its efficacy,” inventor of the “flu jab,” Dr. Graeme Laver

Web Link

Dr. J. Anthony Morris, former Chief Vaccine Control Officer and research virologist, US FDA:
"There is a great deal of evidence to prove that immunization of children does more harm than good."

Web Link

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Posted by Qwerty
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 21, 2009 at 11:12 pm

I know quite a few people who said they did not get the H1N1 shot nor the regular flu shot this year. Cost aside, what are the reasons why people are opting out of this?

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Posted by momoftwo
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Dec 2, 2009 at 10:11 am

The H1N1 vaccine is available at some local pediatrics offices. Call them to find out and get on the list. They will call you when they have it available. My two got the vaccine a few weeks ago, hopefully early enough to ward off a serious case, although they still are sick with colds/symptoms of other types anyway.

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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Dec 2, 2009 at 10:52 am

Not an extremist,

I'm not sure how you reached that conclusion based on what I wrote. I was pointing out Sue's apparent loathing that low income people would get the shot before she would. As though low-income people are some how better off or more privileged than she, which is laughable.

I believe that everyone, based on need, not whether you can afford it, should be the deciding factor on getting access to health care. No, it's not free and it can't be, but it also shouldn't depend on having a job, especially when there are none. People are getting screwed on both sides and they've got us in-fighting. People can't see how alike they actually are.

I'm in your boat and sinking fast. My husband and I have no insurance. My husband has been out of work for a year and a half, save a couple of jobs that ended in lay-offs. I have two young children and we are almost out of money after cashing out our 401k. I have no idea what we'll do next if he can't find a job in the next month and the probably of that happening isn't improving. Believe me, I understand trying to make ends meet. My husband would love to be working his butt off at a job right now, even one without insurance. We had no debt, except car loans before the job loss, now we are in debt with no relief in sight and the possibility of having to move for a third time since February. It's not pretty out there for a great many people. Some people around here need to pull their heads out and take a look and stop denying that.

Good luck to all of us.

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