October 20th, 2020

Protect yourself for flu season


By Lethbridge Herald on October 26, 2018.

Happy October!
I have a routine every spring and fall. When it’s time to change the clocks, that’s my signal to do a few other things, too: I check the batteries in my smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, I rotate the food in my emergency preparedness kit, check the date on my fire extinguisher, and I change my furnace filter. There’s just something about the time change that helps me remember these other small chores. Daylight Saving Time is ending Sunday Nov. 4, and we’ll soon head in to whatever winter has in store for us.
There’s one more thing most of us can do to get ready for winter, and that’s to get our flu vaccinations. Public vaccination clinics opened Oct. 15, and this year it’s easier than ever to get your flu shot. There have been clinics at Park Place mall and Lethbridge Seniors Citizens Organization, regular clinics at Exhibition Park, and many local pharmacies are offering drop-in services to people five years and older. We often talk about “the flu” as though it’s a harmless illness that just leaves you tired and sniffly for a few days. For vulnerable people, though, such as young children, seniors, pregnant people and people with chronic health conditions, influenza can be deadly. Last year there were over 9,000 confirmed cases of influenza, and 92 deaths. While I certainly don’t want to be sick myself, I also don’t want to be responsible for making someone else sick. The more people who get the vaccine, the safer we make our community.
Earlier this month the government announced that we are increasing Legal Aid Alberta’s funding by $70 million over the next four years. Legal Aid Alberta manages the province’s legal aid program, which ensures that all Albertans have access to legal representation. We know that in order for our justice system to work for everyone, people should have fair access, regardless of their income. Increasing funding helps to ensure justice is timely, and court delays and backlogs are minimized. We are not talking about just a few affected people — last year over 60,000 Albertans accessed legal aid. That’s why we have increased legal aid funding by 72 per cent since 2015. A fair and accessible justice system needs stable and predictable funding.
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers was presented this month, and I was thrilled to see a community member from Lethbridge on the list. Congratulations to Alex Hann for winning this prestigious award. Alex has been a tireless fundraiser for the Coaldale library and hospital, and has served with Rotary, the U of L Senate, and the Lethbridge Regional Police Commission for many years. Thank you for your time and passion, Alex, and thank you for inspiring others to give of their time as well.
Congratulations also to high-school student Dylan Taylor, who has been chosen to serve on the Minister’s Youth Council, which advises the Minister of Education on educational issues. Dylan is a French Immersion student with a passion for the arts, who volunteers at the Chinook Regional Hospital, sits on student council, and works a part-time job. That’s busy enough for several people! I am glad to know that the Minister of Education will benefit from his perspective, and I fully expect to see him winning medals like the one above in a couple of decades.
Finally, as you may have heard, cannabis is now legal in Canada. If you plan to consume cannabis, though, you need to know the laws in Alberta. You must be 18-plus, you can only purchase from licensed stores or through the government’s website, edibles are not yet legal, and it is illegal to drive high. There are more rules, and you can learn about them at aglc.ca/cannabis.
The next session of legislature begins on Oct. 29 and runs until sometime in December. You can watch online Monday-Thursday at assemblyonline.assembly.ab.ca. You can contact my constituency office at 403-329-4644, or Lethbridge.west@assembly.ab.ca.
Shannon Phillips is the NDP MLA for Lethbridge West. Her column appears monthly.

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biff

yes, protect yourselves by not getting a flu shot. it is not helpful, but it sure siphons a lot of health care dollars to the good buddies big pharm.

grinandbearit

You are wrong biff. After a flu shot the risk of getting flu goes down by about 40% (although this changes up and down year by year depending on the match between flu subtype outbreak and vaccine type), the doctor visits for flu go down by about half, pediatric ICU stays for flu are reduced by about 75%, adult ICU stays for flu reduced by about 80%.
Vaccines are possibly the best health care bargain that we can get for our money here in Alberta. Stop spreading misinformation.

biff

some vaccines are more effective than others. the flu shot is truly a waste, despite the numbers you have provided. there are other numbers that illustrate the ineffectiveness of flu “vaccines”.

“The study, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, tracked flu cases among 1,700 children and adults across the US. They found the flu shot was 36 percent effective overall, meaning it reduced a person’s risk of getting sick with flu and going to a doctor’s office by about a third.

But the vaccine’s effectiveness against H3N2, the most commonly circulating strain this flu season, was much lower: 25 percent. And this finding squares with an earlier report from Canada, which found the flu vaccine was only 17 percent effective against H3N2.” https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/2/1/16960758/flu-vaccine-effectiveness

“Universal influenza immunization programs, available in virtually every province and territory, may need to be reconsidered in light of emerging evidence that repeated flu shots may blunt the vaccine’s effectiveness in subsequent seasons.

That phenomenon was seen in the Jan. 29, 2015 interim estimates of the effectiveness of the 2014/15 vaccine against influenza A (H3N2) from Canada’s Sentinel Physician Surveillance Network, headed by Dr. Danuta Skowronski of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4387051/

and this one is just too filled with info that suggests the flu shot is mostly a lark/scam to limit it to a passage or two:

‘Mounting research, however, systematically proves that the flu shot, otherwise known as the influenza vaccine, doesn’t work and may cause severe damage to the body. Nonetheless, for many Americans, adults and children alike, the flu shot remains a yearly ritual imposed by their doctor, employer, or school….Vaccines are outdated before the flu season starts

Earlier this month, the University of Ghent, Belgium, released a paper where it accidentally admitted that most flu shots are continuously out of date and therefore don’t work.

“Current flu vaccines are only effective against virus strains that match the vaccine strains. Consequently, the strains in the human flu vaccines are updated every few years, based on recommendations by the World Health Organization,” the press release read.

They are not the only ones to admit that vaccines are a fraud. Previously, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also agreed that the flu shot fails most of the time, as reported by Vaccine Impact. In fact, instead of preventing disease, flu shots can make people more susceptible to disease.

The CDC has promoted the flu vaccine for years, promising that it is effective at preventing illness in 70 to 90 percent of all cases, adding that type A and B influenza cause over 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths in the U.S. every year. In April, however, the CDC had to backtrack and instead had to admit it was wrong.

For years, the CDC guessed these numbers, taking influenza-like illnesses such as pneumonia, respiratory, and circulatory diseases caused by other viruses or bacteria into account. As reported by Vaccine Impact, there were about 37,000 Americans hospitalized for influenza in 2014. This is five times less the number the CDC has been using to create fear and make sure all Americans get their annual injection.

Furthermore, most of the respiratory illnesses during the past two flu seasons were caused by other viruses and bacteria. Only 3 percent and 18 percent were positive for type A or B influenza. Over the years, flu vaccines have failed dramatically. During the flu season of 2004-2005, the flu shot failed 90 percent of the time, while during the 2014-2015 flu season it failed 77 percent of the time. Overall, the CDC publicly admitted in January 2016 that more than half the time, seasonal flu vaccines are less than 50 percent efficient.

Also, why would one need to be vaccinated every single year if the vaccine works? Usually, a vaccine should enable the body to produce its own antibodies to protect against the disease. As reported by Vaccines.news, the industry isn’t looking for long protection. They need a recurring income provided by a weak vaccine that needs to be administered every year.’ http://www.minareport.com/2017/05/05/science-paper-accidentally-admits-flu-shots-dont-work/

consequently, grin, i do not at all feel i am spreading misinformation – is it not quite possible that you are spreading misinformation on this matter? 🙂 where we can agree is that one’s body is one’s body, and one is free to choose what they ingest. even though i do not like seeing public money given to big pharm for yet another one of their iffy, if not altogether net-harmful products, i support public health care that acknowledges that people are free to treat their body as they may. in other words, far better we waste public money on flu shot folly than to use public health care as a coercive system to arm big brother.

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