This year’s flu spectacle is showing no indications of letting up, at least not from the media’s perspective. Daily reports on “death tolls” which are being blamed on the flu continue to make headlines. It should be noted that flu misdiagnosis is also killing people, but we aren’t spending too much time on those narratives.
In Santa Barbara county, a place which also is suffering from some of the worst mudslides in the county’s history has now reported that 8 people have passed away due to the flu. However, 7 of the 8 were not only flu shot vaccinated, but they’d also received flu meds from their respective ERs.
According to Independent.com
“These numbers are unprecedented for the past 10 years,” said Dr. Charity Dean, public health czar for Santa Barbara County. Dean said all but one of the eight had been vaccinated and all had been given flu-fighting medications. “I’m worried about how severe our flu season will be,” she said.
Dean said the number of patients who are testing positive for the flu at local hospitals and health clinics is also off the charts. “Our numbers are in line with statewide numbers, and they’re definitely cause for concern,” she said. Dean reported that local emergency rooms are slammed, reportedly experiencing a threefold increase in number of patients reporting flu-like symptoms. Emergency room waiting times have grown significantly longer as a result.
When 7 of 8 deaths took the flu shot, how do we justify pushing the herd to receive more flu shots? Originally, Santa Barbara health officials blamed the Thomas fire on the spread of the flu, citing that the smoke inhalation in the lungs made people more prone to get the flu. But that’s since been dismissed as a theory.