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2014-01-09 at 16:19

Flu fatalities

FILE -- A flu shot is given in this file photo. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit confirmed Thursday that  five people in the district have died from influenza this year so far.
FILE -- A flu shot is given in this file photo. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit confirmed Thursday that five people in the district have died from influenza this year so far.
By Jamie Smith,

The district’s health unit is confirming that five people in this area have died from influenza,

Thunder Bay District Health Unit, however, cannot confirm whether H1N1 is responsible for two of the most recent flu-related deaths.

The Health Unit’s  infectious disease program manager, Diana Gowanlock, said four adults, under the age of 65, and one senior have died. But an investigation over the latest two victims, which she learned of this afternoon, hasn't confirmed H1N1 in particular or whether they had received flu shots.

Gowanlock said it's preferable that people get their shot earlier in the season but there's still time.

"It's never too late," she said.

Gowanlock hopes that the cases of H1N1, which have been hitting people under the age of 65 in particular, will start to decline in the coming weeks.

For those who opt out of a flu shot, everything from washing hands to staying home if ill can help prevent the spread of the flu Gowanlock said.

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Stephen says:
Rest Assure you are absolutely right but these people are not ready for the truth.
I advise you to pack up all your belongings and get out of town on the first bus available.
The men in black suits monitor all these comments and you can "rest assure" they will be coming for you in their black helicopters. There is no turning back now!
So...did you get a flu shot yet?
1/11/2014 5:29:11 AM
N.Ont.Nurse says:
Maybe try to be informed instead of just opinionated.... Lol :)
1/10/2014 10:38:06 PM
GregT says:
You know what the real conspiracy regarding the flu shot is....

Wait for it...


Why? Because if they can keep a large amount of the population healthy by having the vaccination, those people will not have to consume expensive healthcare resources.

Also, if enough people are sick, it cripples businesses and essential services. Imagine if 1/3 of your nurses, doctors, EMTs, Firefighter, police all went down for 7-14 days.

All vaccines are vetted by the National Advisory Council on Immunization (NACI), a group of experts in paediatrics, immunology and other disciplines that have no financial affiliation with vaccine or pharmaceutical companies.

The big conspiracy is that the $1-2 flu shot can save thousands in healthcare expenses. The side effect is you remain healthy.
1/10/2014 2:00:27 PM
pylon says:
Greg, please stop offering reasonable answers. You're supposed to drink the Kool-Aid and lose your mind as soon as you log in!
1/10/2014 5:19:20 PM
GregT says:
Sorry, I guess it's just that I've given between five and eight thousand flu vaccinations over the last five years without a single adverse reaction that would make me think that maybe it is generally safe for most healthy adults and children.
1/10/2014 8:12:40 PM
ibrando says:
@ Mystified
Test out your theory!
Head to the mall, the local casino, any public gathering area. Lick every surface in sight. Don't worry about not getting your flu shot. Your immune system should kick in and get stronger.
1/10/2014 11:36:23 AM
Papercut says:

Go to LU Library......get a human physiology up on the immune is mind boggling....BUT, you may uncover the fact that for the immune system to more effectively fight off a viral helps if the body has been exposed to that or a similar virus.
1/10/2014 10:48:56 AM
mystified says:
You are wasting your time making comments to Barry. Barry is a troll and never responds to anything.

I will not get a flu vaccine. I will let my own immune system get stronger and fight the germs.
1/10/2014 9:58:34 AM
barry medawin says:
Sure anyone that disagrees with you is got to be a troll right? your all brainwashed if you think they give out anything for free with out an angenda!! time will prove this.
1/11/2014 4:44:53 PM
TBDR says:
1/11/2014 10:34:50 PM
dockboy says:
barry medawin, just what is govOrnment control? I find it hard to believe that 91 people agree with your ridiculous comment.
1/10/2014 9:11:52 AM
Papercut says:

There many be many Government plots and ploys......BUT, I am pretty certain the Flu Shot isn't one of them.

Case in point: I know and have seen Infectious Disease Experts get this flu shot. Why on earth would the most knowledgable person get this shot if they did not feel it was worthwhile and effective?

It is people like you that need to stop listening to fools, and actually do some research on the subject from RELIABLE the CDC for example.
1/10/2014 9:05:00 AM
wasaya says:
In 2009 with the first outbreak of H1N1, the top medical officials couldn't even agree on the validity of getting the flu shot....My decision was made that day...
1/10/2014 7:08:58 AM
barry medawin says:
rest to sure, the flu shot scam is just a form of govornment control!
1/9/2014 6:30:44 PM
gusto says:
Are you wearing your tinfoil hat?
1/10/2014 12:21:16 AM
xquisiteroughpatch says:
Rest assured?
1/10/2014 8:02:08 AM
mikevirtanen1961 says:
It's a secret government conspiracy to keep us from dying at 30 like nature intended.
1/10/2014 8:08:37 AM
DougMyers says:
Three comments Barry

First, it is "rest assured" not rest to sure

Second, please enlighten us on how the flu shot is a form of government control. I am interested in hearing this theory

Finally, feel free to express your thoughts but pressing your own agree button is fooling no one
1/10/2014 8:27:35 AM
anvil of crom says:
111 people agree? I hope that counter is a fake, or my hope in humanity is truly lost, a new theory of increasing stupidness true.
"The flu conspiracy" a plot to make otherwise healthy young people very sick. A plan to clog up the already overloaded ER.
A plan for the otherwise healthy to getting so ill they may be on life support in ICU, for weeks.
If they survive, a lengthy stay with that were not as ill still in hospital. A plan to increase the already skyrocketing cost of health care. A plan for taxes to go up.
A plan for people to be off work sick, on sick pay. Making paying bills more difficult.
Shall I go on?
Also getting the shot is more then protecting yourself, it protects OTHERS that you may interact with, from children to older generations that may get it FROM you.
I know younger people that probably had the flu, that did not get the shot and they were VERY sick for days.
They regret their decision. Don't regret yours.
1/10/2014 3:45:33 PM
cityisgreat says:
Its actually easier then Papercut explains...people...get the blasted flu shot. It is free, available from any pharmacy..thats right, while stocking up on your groceries or condoms, you can get your flu shot faster then going through the check out line.
This flu is killing healthy, middle aged people, not the old and young as in normal flu years. All those that have died across Canada have two things in common. None have had the flu shot and all were relatively healthy.
1/9/2014 5:47:56 PM
papercut says:
It is real simple folks.....If you are sick....STAY HOME. Have someone else run out and shop for you....Instead of spreading the disease.

Common courtesy and sense.
1/9/2014 5:15:44 PM
silent rebel says:
Well said! Also, don't wait until January to get your flu shot! Plan ahead.
1/9/2014 6:30:48 PM
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