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Poll: Do You Believe in Flu Shots?

The Rhode Island Department of Health is urging residents to get vaccinated against influenza.

The longer days and cooler temperatures mean winter is approaching. But that's not the only season on the way.

In an attempt to keep hospital ERs from filling up with influenza-stricken patients, the Rhode Island Department of Health is urging residents to get their flu shots before the peak of the season begins this winter.

“Anyone can get the flu, and the flu will keep you home from work or school for at least a week,” Director of Health Dr. Michael Fine said in a release. “The flu is a serious illness and can be even more serious for the elderly, the very young, and anyone who has a chronic illness. The lack of health insurance or a fee for vaccine administration should not prevent Rhode Islanders from taking this essential step to protect themselves and their family members. Everyone should be vaccinated against the flu, particularly pregnant women, healthcare workers, the elderly, and people with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma or diabetes.”

First Lady Stephanie Chafee, a registered nurse, will join Fine in vaccinating Rhode Islanders at a no-cost flu vaccination clinic on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Cathedral of Life Christian Assembly in Providence. DOH is also conducting a series of free flu clinics in schools throughout the state. The shot is also available at most major pharmacies and, of course, through your primary care physician.

Jack Baillargeron November 08, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Patricia, this is a good link on vaccines and autism, levels of mercury in said vaccines. I found it interesting reading anyway ;-} http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/thimerosal.htm
John ("Anything But Sue") November 09, 2011 at 12:05 AM
This idea is Off Topic..but I will suggest it anyhow in hopes it will make people THINK. about the possibility. I have a theory about the cause of Autism. 40+ years of the PILL. Introducing chemicals on a regular basis to the body. We think we are cheating mother nature.......Maybe .maybe not. Maybe WE are not as smart as we would like to think. NOT trying to stir the pot...trying to stir THOUGHT.
MykeyTea November 09, 2011 at 03:54 AM
I have never gotten the flu-shot, but have gotten the flu 2 times in the last 10 years. The first time put me in the hospital because of complications with an already stressed immune system, the second time, the following year, within the first few days of all the same symptoms, including uncontrollable vomiting and diarrhea,fever, etc.. I tried a new treatment that i had just come across: http://www.miraclemineral.org/ I had my doubts at first of course but I figured the treatment was relatively safe when I saw this product: http://www.rei.com/product/736898/potable-aqua-chlorine-dioxide-tablets-package-of-30 Within three days I felt good enough to go back to work. This worked for me and that is all I can say. The thought of getting the shot never crossed my mind. Have you seen this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU8nSn5Ezd8&feature=related The CDC says mercury is safe as Jim Donahue' s link reveals. It's true that they don't all contain mercury, but insist that they are ALL safe. Hmmm. Ultimately though, I believe free will to be an absolute. If you want to put anything into your body that is always a decision that is entirely up to you, but at least do the minimal to protect yourself by doing some of your own research first.
Wendy Fournier November 09, 2011 at 11:08 AM
The EPA won't allow you to throw a vial of flu vaccine into the trash. It is highly neurotoxic hazardous waste. But the CDC says it's safe to put into your children. Follow the money. Look at the financial ties of CDC's ACIP members. They decide who gets what. Google the recent Cochran Collaboration report on safety and efficacy of flu vaccines. This was in the national news just last week. Cochrane sets the global gold standard for research. Flu vaccines rarely work. In fact, kids who get the vaccine are hospitalized for flu three times more often than unvaccinated kids. But if you still choose to believe the propaganda the CDC and pharma companies shove down your throat and want that vaccine, please request one that is free of mercury. Don't take an unnecessary risk. Mercury exposure has been linked to autism, ADHD, asthma, Alzheimer's - and that's just the A's.
bimbels November 09, 2011 at 01:57 PM
I have been a flight attendant (flying mostly international) for 22 years and so am exposed to all kinds of germs - and I've never had the flu or gotten a flu shot. I have a good immune system - probably because of my exposure to germs, and because I eat healthy and exercise. So for me, no flu shot. However, I think for some people, especially those with compromised immune systems or the elderly, it's a good idea.

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