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Sat Jan 19, 2013, 07:09 PM

'You don't die from the flu' [View all]




(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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