Get your flu vaccine – for everyone’s sake

The failure of the anti-vaccination referendum petition drive showed that Californians favor health and science over preventable disease and fear.

The failure of the anti-vaccination referendum petition drive showed that Californians favor health and science over preventable disease and fear. Cartoon by Terry Torgerson/Kevin Hoover | Mad River Union

Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services

Make time and schedule your flu vaccine now

 HUMBOLDT – Flu season has arrived and public health officials say now is a good time toget vaccinated.

 The Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) will begin offering the vaccine Thursday, Oct. 22, at its Public Health Clinic, 529 I St. in Eureka. 

A flu vaccine is needed every year to maintain existing immunity because flu viruses are constantly changing. It’s not unusual for new flu viruses to appear each year. The flu vaccine is formulated annually to keep up with the flu viruses as they change. 

 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older be vaccinated. 

 You may feel like you don't need a flu shot,” said Susan Buckley, Public Health director for DHHS. “If so, think about getting the vaccine on behalf of those you know who are more vulnerable than you—grandchildren, friends and family who are pregnant or may be immune compromised. You'll stay healthy as well as protecting those around you." 

Members of the Mad River Union staff all got their flu shots Monday, Oct. 20 at Arcata's CVS/Pharmacy. Left to right, Kevin Hoover, Jada Brotman, Matt Knight, Lauraine Leblanc and Jack Durham. KLH | Union

Members of the Mad River Union staff all got their flu shots Monday, Oct. 20 at Arcata's CVS/Pharmacy. Left to right, Kevin Hoover, Jada Brotman, Matt Knight, Lauraine Leblanc and Jack Durham. KLH | Union

 The cost of the flu vaccine is $17, although no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Medicare is accepted. Flu vaccine is offered by appointment only. Appointments will be scheduled Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m. 

 It takes up to two weeks after receiving the flu vaccine to achieve the best protectionNationally, flu season lasts from October through May. Public Health officials recommend getting the vaccine earlier in the season.

 There is more you can do to prevent the spread of the flu in addition togetting a flu shot. Health officials recommend practicing the “3 Cs”: Clean your hands, cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough and contain your germs by staying home if you’re sick. 

 To make an appointment for a flu vaccine, call your health care provider or the Public Health Clinic at (707) 268-2108. 


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  1. Torm Oakey said:

    Why would anyone inject a massive dose of formaldehyde? That is not logical. However, I would eat a lot of pears for fun, to see how that worked out.
    Let’s see, a 200 g pear contains up to 12,000 ug of formaldehyde, completely naturally.
    A typical vaccine may contain up to 100 ug, or 0.83 of the formaldehyde available in a typical pear.
    Here is a link for converting ugs to mcgs:
    I suggest you lead a movement against the ingestion of pears as a dangerous source of formaldehyde ingestion. There is no limit to the harm that pear ingestion may cause to innocent children.

  2. DavidQ said:

    Here is an explanation of how ingestion differs from injection with regard to aluminum exposure.

    The aluminum ingested enters the blood stream slowly, is accumulated over long periods of time, and is at a very low dose per unit time. This is a burden easily handled by most kidneys.
    Injected sources of aluminum, on the other hand, enter the blood stream quickly, is accumulated very quickly, and is a relatively high dose per unit time. This administration can pose a hazard to immature kidneys, especially preterm and slow to develop babies, people with kidney damage or anomalies, and even in otherwise apparent healthy individuals – see Tayman below.
    As reported by Shaw and Petrik, “we know that Aluminum hydroxide injections lead to motor deficits and motor neuron degeneration” and “there have been no rigorous animal studies of potential aluminum adjuvant toxicity. The absence of such studies is peculiar given the well known observation that aluminum in general can be neurotoxic under a number of conditions.” (1)
    The FDA’s website reveals the origin of their stance “Aluminum in Vaccines Poses Extremely Low Risk to Infants,” (2) However, this study does not actually say there is a low risk. It concludes: “The calculated body burden of aluminum from vaccinations exceeds that from dietary sources, however, it is below the minimal risk level equivalent curve AFTER A BRIEF PERIOD FOLLOWING INJECTION.” (3) emphasis mine. So, in other words, it is non toxic just after a brief period of toxicity. Like if a friend said, “Don’t worry about cyanide. It becomes non-toxic just after a brief period of toxicity.”
    Aluminum toxicity measurements are typically evaluated as a measure of normal kidney function, because injected aluminum is cleared from the body. This poses a significant problem for older adults as kidney function tends to decline with age, and is especially problematic in infants because according to Tayman et al, kidney function can vary greatly between pre-term births, neonates, and infants up to one year of age. “These developmental aspects make it difficult and even unsafe to dose medications in neonates by simply scaling adult doses on the basis of the weight and/or body surface area.” (4)
    I think this is a much better review of the effects of aluminum on the infant than your
    1. Aluminum hydroxide injections lead to motor deficits and motor neuron degeneration, Journal Inorg Biochem. 2009 Nov; 103(11): 1555.
    2. From FDA Website, publication ucm284520
    3. “Updated aluminum pharmacokinetics following infant exposures through diet and vaccination.”Vaccine 29 (2011) 9538-9543
    4. Neonatal Pharmacology: Extensive Interindividual Variability Despite Limited Size, J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther. 2011 Jul-Sep; 16(3): 170–184.

  3. AutismDad said:

    Odd so many people claim to become very sick after a flu shot. Care to explain why?

  4. AutismDad said:

    Proponent which is French for DUH MEISTER Can’t follow his own discussion with me. Some of these trolls can’t hold a thought for 20 minutes or less. You have to rehash it over and over. There is some short in their programing or some program in their shorts, either way,….EW!

  5. AutismDad said:

    At least you can differentiate that. Mom must be so proud

  6. Justthefacts said:

    You didn’t read anything. You make up fear stories to anti-vaxx Troll. You have not posted a source in your life.

  7. Justthefacts said:

    It’s only different in the amount absorbed. The amount “Adsorbed” from the environment dwarfs anything in a vaccine.

    As usual, the anti-vaxxer troll sabelmouse is bad at math.

  8. Proponent said:

    AutismDud.. links to a news article that is based on a study.

    When presented with the direct conclusory remarks from said study.. calls study a bunch of bunk.

    Priceless.. and classic.. Dud faux pas.


  9. transportjohnny said:

    Was told recently by a pharmacist at Rite Aid that the Flu vaccine is now a dead vaccine due to the amount of live attenuated vaccine adverse events.

  10. AutismDad said:

    Yea that would stump you. White is different than black too, ask your Mom.

  11. AutismDad said:

    Obviously the Discussion portion is a sack of excrement that attempts to cover the fact flu vacs are not doing what they claim. Its typical to see conclusions that try to make it all better after a study goes poorly. If you were a knowledgeable type I wouldn’t have to instruct you in the matter.

  12. Proponent said:

    So.. the direct quote I took from your linked article that comes directly from the author of the study.. means what exactly to you, Dud?

    And again..

    What exactly is the point of your post/comment?

  13. Proponent said:

    sabelmouse: “ingestion is very different from injection.”

    How exactly is ‘ingestion very different from injection’.

    Please explain.. and not just.. ‘well. you don’t eat vaccinations do you?’

  14. AutismDad said:

    Its a study for intelligent people to read. Unfortunately readers like you ALSO stumble across them in your confusion, and get muddled up reading the big words. Maybe avoid reading them in the future.

  15. Proponent said:

    Quote/excerpt from the article linked..

    We found that the vaccine was about 59 percent effective overall in
    individuals 18 to 65 years of age
    ,” said Osterholm, director of the
    Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of
    Minnesota. “Some studies had higher, some had lower.”

    What exactly is the point of your post/comment?
    … …
    As an aside..

    Let us know when you get back to the future in your (flawed) cherry-picking time machine that failed to back up whichever and whatever erroneous claim/deflection you were attempting to put forth, Dud.

  16. sabelmouse said:

    ingestion is very different from injection. and adding to out environmental overload does not make it better.
    as for the rest, hogwash. go and inject a massive dose of formaldehyde for fun and see how that works out.

  17. AutismDad said:

    I read it was ONLY 3 – 6 %, whatever that even means. Other years they claimed it gave some, some sort of protection. WOW the wonders of Flu Vacs. Then you read about people so harmed by them their lives are SHATTERED, SHATTERED.

  18. Torm Oakey said:

    A few years ago I got so sick I thought I would die, in fact I felt so ill I wished I would die. It was truly miserable. Ever since then, I get the flu shot. I don’t ever want to feel that way again.
    You ingest a chemical cocktail every time you eat. All food is composed of naturally occurring chemicals. All living things are made of chemicals. Even inert non-organisms are chemicals, such as salt.

  19. Kevin Hoover said:

    It’s entirely possible that one or more of us will get the flu, since the vaccine is usually only about 60 percent effective. Last year’s was only 14 percent effective, as I recall, though this year’s formulation is supposed to have more efficacy.
    However, it’s not possible to catch the flu from the vaccine.

  20. paranoia cha cha cha! said:

    Fuck regularly injecting myself with chemical cocktails. Bet all of you still get sick, please let us know, sincerely!

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