Swine flu kills 19 in San Francisco


The number of reported deaths linked to swine flu in the Bay Area rose to 17 Tuesday after public health officials reported new deaths in Solano and San Mateo counties.

There have been four flu deaths in Santa Clara County, three each in Alameda and San Mateo counties, two each in Marin and Sonoma counties, and one each in San Francisco, Solano and Contra Costa counties.

Many of the deaths are attributable to a strain of influenza that has targeted the relatively young and healthy. One victim in Sonoma County, Matthew Walker, was only 23.

The vaccine is well-matched to this year's flu season and protects against all strains of influenza that have been identified in patients. The primary strain circulating this year is Type A, subtype H1N1 - also known as the "swine flu," which caused a global outbreak in 2009.

People age 65 and older appear to have some protection against H1N1, which tends to strike younger adults - even those who are otherwise healthy - harder than most influenza strains. Symptoms of the flu include high fever, body aches and a sudden onset of illness.

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rustyshakleford site profile image  

1/16/14 12:35 PM by rustyshakleford


PoiuPoiu site profile image  

1/15/14 10:10 PM by PoiuPoiu

the CDC says even in a good year its only 60% effective.http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/vaccineeffect.htm

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1/15/14 10:05 PM by rustyshakleford

The sister in law tried to get us to meet her there last weekend. Fuck that.

Jay Sin site profile image  

1/15/14 10:02 PM by Jay Sin

i don't get the shot as i believe it's got more shit in it that will make you sicker in the longrun, and i think i may have got the flu or a nasty 2-day stomach flu / food poisoning a few years ago. in alberta we had the whole flu scare a week ago, and of course everyone ran out to get shots causing shortages and additional fear mongering. i know people who regularly get the shot who still get stuck with the flu every few years and seem more sickly than myself.

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1/15/14 9:47 PM by baj54

How does a concoction of a vaccine supposed to cover every version of the flu? It's a scientific guess every year as to what goes into the flu vaccine. They pick out what they think will be the most problematic strains and make a vaccine out of them. This is no way covers your immune system for every strain. It only strengthens your immune system against those strains used to make the vaccine.

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1/15/14 9:45 PM by chaplinshouse

if it's such media sensationalism, why are you dumb if you don't get vaccinated?

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1/15/14 9:41 PM by Sliss_77

Don't quote me on this, I think I read it somewhere. A strong immune system ends up going too far in its efforts to stop the virus and kills the person by mistake. Fever is a self defense mechanism of your body trying to kill the virus. A lot of disease cannot survive in a  host that is a few degrees hotter than normal, so fever is one of your immune systems go to moves.

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1/15/14 9:41 PM by mataleo1

Listen you nutjobs: my hospital is packed with influenza patients. It's the worst endemic in a long while. Doesn't mean you'll die, but you're likely to be out of commission for a while. And the vaccine definitely protects you.

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1/15/14 9:23 PM by jude099

This....and if u don't get vaccinated you're dumb. Come on.

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1/15/14 8:21 PM by kindofawesome

19 people in the San Francisco BAY AREA with a population over 8 million. I can't believe people are buying into the medias retarded sensationalism.