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2014-01-16 at 14:48

Influenza deaths hit six

By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com
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The Thunder Bay District Health Unit has confirmed another person has died an influenza-related death, raising the total number of deaths to six.

All told 93 people have been diagnosed with lab-confirmed cases of the deadly disease. Health unit officials are encouraging the public to get flu shots, reminding them it’s never too late.

Shots are available at health-care providers, at local pharmacies and also at the health unit, by appointment only, on Wednesdays between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The public can also take other steps to prevent the disease, starting with clean hands, washed for at least 15 seconds with soap and warm water or by using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

The remind people to cover coughs and sneezes and to stay at home if sick to avoid spreading infections to others.

The health unit also confirmed on Wednesday that a respiratory outbreak last Friday at Lakehead Manor has been confirmed to be Influenza A and visitor restrictions remain in place at the facility.

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zeppelin says:
I am so glad I got the flu shot, I haven't gotten it every year, but now I'm convinced that it works and will always get one. Every year that I have, it seems like everyone around me who did not will get the flu and I remain flu free. It works. Don't believe the tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorists, you cannot get sick from the flu shot, those who claim they did got sick before their bodies had time to build antibodies from the shot (it takes about a week), already had a flu but were not showing symptoms, or they had a bad cold. Only allergies and other rare medical conditions can cause extreme reactions, and these are known by doctors and you are informed of what they are before you get the shot. Healthy, young people are dying. Even if you don't often get the flu and think you'll be fine, don't be stupid, get a flu shot, if not for you then for the people around you who also may not have had one.
1/16/2014 3:29:12 PM
unheard says:
but then I have never had the shot
and yet never had the flu
and anyone can read the pamphlet provided by the pharm company that distributes the shot for profit not kindness
1/17/2014 12:26:56 AM
hughie says:
only 25% to one third of the Canadian population get the flu shot. More and more doctors and scientists are questioning the effectiveness of the flu vaccine. I'm not on here telling people they should get a flu shot or not. I want people to be more informed regarding the flu vaccine.
1/17/2014 4:28:35 PM
Bigtime says:
Hmmm, lets see. My immunization chart shows my last flu shot was 2001. I have obviously had randoms colds here and there. And the odd 24 hour stomach bug....but have not gotten the Flu (influenza) Since 2001. Good immune system? Maybe its just me, who knows.
1/17/2014 8:50:27 AM
hughie says:
1/17/2014 4:13:32 PM
mystified says:
I don't ever recall super bugs/flu or the likes of these when I was growing up. I think it's all a big experiment and those choosing to get the shots are the Guinea Pigs for the test.
All the hype about bugs and strains is orchestrated by the medical and media communities as they sensationalize news reports.

Last year the staff at a Vancouver hospital was refusing to take the flu shot. Why could that be?
They obviously know something that isn't being told to the general public.

If getting the shot gives you peace of mind then get it. I think I will take my chances and not get it.
1/18/2014 9:38:52 AM
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