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Flu Deaths Are Real Despite Claims By Texas Politician

In the midst of a flu outbreak that health officials say has reached epidemic proportions, one Texas politician made a startling statement this week.

"You don't die from the flu," Houston city council member Jack Christie said Wednesday as he cast the lone vote opposing $3 million in federal money for vaccinating children (although those funds aren't for flu vaccinations), KHOU in Houston reported.

That's just not true. The flu killed between 3,000 and 49,000 people each year between 1976 and 2007, according to the latest data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A 2003 CDC study estimated the flu took an average of 36,000 lives a year from 1990 through 1999.

The current flu season already has claimed the lives of 29 children, the CDC said Friday. The flu was associated with 829 children's deaths between 2004 and last year, CNN reported in October.

Fatalities from the flu, which are more likely among older people, are worse than normal, Bloomberg News reports.

Last week, 8.3 percent of all deaths reported through the CDC's tracking system were due to the flu and pneumonia, above the 7.3 percent level for an epidemic. The current flu season could lead to 36,000 deaths....

Christie also said flu vaccinations aren't necessary because the human body has a way to shut that whole thing down. "Natural immunity is the best prevention," he said, according to KHOU. Christie is a chiropractor.

In the Journal of the American Medical Association Friday, Thomas Talbot and Keipp Talbot of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn., break down some of the myths about flu vaccinations, including that it doesn't work.

Misperceptions about influenza vaccine are common and often deeply rooted; for the protection of patients, colleagues, and loved ones, these perceptions must continue to be addressed, and the approach should be to immunize, immunize, immunize!

by Anonymousreply 701/20/2013

what a douche- what is up with these people who think that they can create an alternate reality shaped according to their wacky beliefs?

by Anonymousreply 101/19/2013

I read about this in the local paper, which I don't think noted that he's a chiropractor. At any rate, the city council voted to accept the funds with his being the lone opposing vote.

by Anonymousreply 201/19/2013

Someone needs to sneeze on this asshole.

by Anonymousreply 301/19/2013

I really wish Texas would secede, so that there's NO possibility of more asshats like this could be elected to national office.

by Anonymousreply 401/20/2013

Please. If a state like Minnesota can elect Michelle Bachman, no state is safe from loony politicians.

by Anonymousreply 501/20/2013

He's a dumb cunt

by Anonymousreply 601/20/2013

He's talking about the flu. Not the Legitimate Flu

You can catch the legitimate flu if you get legitimately raped. But we all know that legitimate rape is very rare. Most ladies enjoy it. They probably enjoy the flu too

by Anonymousreply 701/20/2013
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