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Sat Jan 19, 2013, 07:09 PM

'You don't die from the flu'




(HuffPost) 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. ........................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-young/flu-deaths-are-real-despi_b_2504509.html



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Reply 'You don't die from the flu' (Original post)
marmar Jan 2013 OP
stevenleser Jan 2013 #1
roguevalley Jan 2013 #33
Wednesdays Jan 2013 #53
roguevalley Jan 2013 #67
Marrah_G Jan 2013 #2
Bainbridge Bear Jan 2013 #27
smirkymonkey Jan 2013 #56
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #39
REP Jan 2013 #3
marybourg Jan 2013 #5
REP Jan 2013 #9
ChairmanAgnostic Jan 2013 #26
Thinkingabout Jan 2013 #13
rustydog Jan 2013 #4
Coolest Ranger Jan 2013 #6
ChairmanAgnostic Jan 2013 #30
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #40
HereSince1628 Jan 2013 #7
Recursion Jan 2013 #8
jeff47 Jan 2013 #11
Recursion Jan 2013 #17
Kalidurga Jan 2013 #10
randome Jan 2013 #12
Zoeisright Jan 2013 #14
LeftInTX Jan 2013 #15
gateley Jan 2013 #32
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #41
Archae Jan 2013 #43
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #44
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #45
Archae Jan 2013 #46
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #47
atreides1 Jan 2013 #52
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #57
gateley Jan 2013 #61
2naSalit Jan 2013 #16
WillyT Jan 2013 #18
gollygee Jan 2013 #19
proud2BlibKansan Jan 2013 #20
Recursion Jan 2013 #37
burnsei sensei Jan 2013 #21
Faygo Kid Jan 2013 #22
cali Jan 2013 #55
TorchTheWitch Jan 2013 #63
Coolest Ranger Jan 2013 #60
jeff47 Jan 2013 #66
abelenkpe Jan 2013 #23
Major Nikon Jan 2013 #24
gateley Jan 2013 #34
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #42
gateley Jan 2013 #62
1-Old-Man Jan 2013 #25
benld74 Jan 2013 #28
Lone_Star_Dem Jan 2013 #29
Historic NY Jan 2013 #31
Recursion Jan 2013 #38
xocet Jan 2013 #50
littlemissmartypants Jan 2013 #35
liberalhistorian Jan 2013 #36
Logical Jan 2013 #48
Lone_Star_Dem Jan 2013 #49
liberalhistorian Jan 2013 #68
TorchTheWitch Jan 2013 #64
RKP5637 Jan 2013 #51
intaglio Jan 2013 #54
smirkymonkey Jan 2013 #58
stultusporcos Jan 2013 #59
mainer Jan 2013 #65

Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 07:11 PM

1. I agree, but the anti-vaxers will set upon you in 3..2..1.. nt

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Response to stevenleser (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:07 PM

33. the flu pandemic during world war 1 killed millions.

That Man is a moron

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #33)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 01:03 AM

53. The 1918 flu killed more people than all of World War I

My great-grandfather was one of them. He was just 26 years old.

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Response to Wednesdays (Reply #53)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 04:13 PM

67. I'm sorry about that, Wednesdays. My grandmother talked about it with

abject fear all of life and she passed at 96

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 07:13 PM

2. The amount of people holding political office with such a huge ignorance of basic science is sad

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 09:57 PM

27. Didn't you know?

 

The only science these idiots need is in the Bible. God, I'm glad I don't live in Texas. It just gets stupider there by the minute. What's next? Is Rick Perry going to ask Texans to pray the flu epidemic away?

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Response to Bainbridge Bear (Reply #27)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 05:45 AM

56. +1000

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Response to Marrah_G (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:32 PM

39. Hear, hear!

... for "hear, all ye good people, hear what this brilliant and eloquent speaker has to say!"

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 07:14 PM

3. The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic didnt really kill 20 - 50 million people ...

... it was vaccines. Wait, they didn't have flu vaccine then. It was aliens.

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Response to REP (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 07:16 PM

5. Or abortions.

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Response to marybourg (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 07:24 PM

9. When was the Abortion Flu pandemic?

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Response to REP (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 09:56 PM

26. 666 AD.

a bad year for multiple reasons.

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Response to REP (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 08:29 PM

13. This one killed most members of a family, my father's died in this epidemic leaving 6 children

My father was the oldest at 8 and a 13 day old sister. There are still ones dying from the flu, dumb as a post. He tried to change it to "No one should die", they just don't get it. Why do we continue to vote dumb.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 07:16 PM

4. And you can't get pregnant if you were "Legitimately" raped

America's legislators, ladies and germs.....

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 07:17 PM

6. if only our media reported the facts instead of trying to scare us

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Response to Coolest Ranger (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:06 PM

30. bah. how will that sell advertising slots?

geez. some people.

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Response to Coolest Ranger (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:36 PM

40. They are helping fulfill

THE SHOCK DOCTRINE...

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 07:18 PM

7. Proof that being dumb as a 5th grader won't hurt your election to the Houston city counsel

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 07:20 PM

8. Doesn't the flu kill more people than AIDS? (nt)

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 09:06 PM

17. Yeah, I realized I was thinking of an old article

But seriously the flu is a stone cold killer. It irks me that public servants don't know this.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 07:31 PM

10. Maybe you can only die from the legitimate flu or...

is it the other way around? What kind of person deny's thousands of death's each year? I think the answer is follow the money.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 08:16 PM

12. Thank you for your infections, Texas!

Asshats!

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 08:37 PM

14. What is it with these fucking stupid repukes?

Rape doesn't cause pregnancy, the flu doesn't kill, global warming doesn't exist. Why don't we just ship them all off to Somalia and they can live in the 18th century where they belong?

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 08:44 PM

15. The councilman said: The human body has a way to shut that whole thing down

Is the "human body has a way to shut that whole thing down" their latest MO?

Next it will be AIDS, cancer, or any type of condition that requires medical attention.

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Response to LeftInTX (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:07 PM

32. Anything that THEY don't personally become afflicted with. If that guy came down

with the flu, I bet he'd be at the doctor in a nanosecond.

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Response to gateley (Reply #32)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:38 PM

41. HE IS A DOCTOR.

Christie received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Texas Chiropractic College and served in the Army Reserves Medical Corps for six years.

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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #41)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:47 PM

43. Chiropractors are not doctors.

This guy proves that.

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Response to Archae (Reply #43)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:49 PM

44. Doctor or not

is this the best defense we can come up with for his stupidity, " He is not a doctor." ???

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Response to Archae (Reply #43)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:52 PM

45. And yet...

He now runs two successful Houston-area practices that care for over 20,000 patients.


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Response to littlemissmartypants (Reply #45)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:01 PM

46. I'm not going to get this discussion into an argument over chiropractic.

It's painfully obvious this guy is a big-time quack, I wouldn't doubt he pushes peoples' spines around and then hard-sells them on vitamins to "cure disease."

He has shown how ignorant he is of REAL disease and the effects.

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