8 die of ‘flu’ in 2 weeks in Santa Barbara. 7 had their flu shot


Scientists were worried this year that “flu season” was going to be especially rough and that’s proving to be true. And even though the flu shot doesn’t work particularly well this season either (it’s about 10% effective), health officials still want you to get it. But sadly, in the last two weeks eight Santa Barbara County residents have died from the flu and seven of them had their flu shot (all eight were 65 or older). Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.


Dr. Charity Dean, the public health “czar” for Santa Barbara County is extremely worried because she’s not seen numbers like these in the last decade; the number of patients who are testing positive for the flu at local hospitals and health clinics is off the charts, local emergency rooms are slammed, reportedly experiencing a threefold increase in number of patients reporting flu-like symptoms, and emergency room waiting times have gotten much longer as a result. 1

Initially, doctors wondered whether numbers in Santa Barbara were higher because of preexisting lung problems from the Thomas Fire but now that the rest of California seems to be getting hit just as hard that theory has been discarded.

This year’s strain of flu, H3N2, has been knocking people out- hard. But you don’t need a flu shot that’s only 10 percent effective and comes with a host of potential problems. Instead, you need to take care of your body (I’m not a doctor and not trying to tell you what to do) by getting sunlight or taking Vitamin D, drink plenty of water, manage your stress level, and eat plenty of whole foods.


If I get sick I stay home, rest and recover with healthy foods and supplements.

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Sources and References

  1. Santa Barbara Independent, January 8, 2018.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

  • Mike Lashewitz

    I have not had the Flu shot since 1976 when I got my last Flu shot. In 1977 while on leave my outfit was REQUIRED to get the Swine Flu vaccine. SEVEN men died. The USAF claimed only one died from the vaccine and the other 6 died from “complications”.
    Suddenly I developed an allergy to the Flu vaccine.
    40 years no vaccine and 40 years NO FLU. . . .
    Does someone you know have to die before you learn?

  • Elizabeth A Haywood

    The sickest people I have seen around here were the ones who HAD the flu shot. Last night I was out with a big group of my “healthy” friends, and NOT ONE OF THEM HAD GOTTEN THE FLU SHOT. Four friends couldn’t join us, and I know for a fact three of them had the flu shot (probably the other one did too, as she is a rabid pro-vaxxer with her kids which have all needed therapy in order to learn to talk and have weird facial tics and have ADHD and struggle socially and intellectually at school)

    During the course of the conversation, the HEALTHY friends all said that they don’t believe in the flu shot any more. At least HALF had gotten the flu shot years ago and gotten very sick from it, and quit getting it (Me too-sickest I’ve ever been was after the flu shot 4 years ago) One guy said 2 of his co-workers bragged they got the shot to him days before they got terribly sick and have been out for 2 weeks so far (he has to do all of their work as well as his own).

    I like to think I am a critical thinker-and when our friends who got flu shots are all too sick to join us and the ones who stay far away from it have NOT HAD ANY ILLNESS WHATSOEVER-doesn’t that make an intelligent person start thinking?

  • M F

    My favorite part of this fear-mongering article was “Here’s exactly what you should do, but I’m not a doctor so I won’t tell you what to do.”

    Do you really posit a conspiracy so huge that every doctor, researcher, and health expert are in on it? Apparently you do since they almost universally recommend getting the flu vaccine every year.

  • You don’t need a conspiracy theory to explain physician ignorance and pharmaceutical industry indoctrination of health care providers.

    Also, not only does “almost universally” not make any sense, but the premise that all physicians are on the same page regarding the flu vaccines isn’t true. Independent physicians and scientists, such as those of the Cochrane Collaboration have consistently reported that the flu vaccine lacks evidence for efficacy and benefits. Google it.

  • Mary

    Apparently… you do not research and see for yourself what other doctors and nurses are admitting -NOT A CONSPIRACY THEORY .
    Right UP ABOVE, you missed the video BY A MEDICAL DOCTOR HERSELF testifying that the science itself says the flu shot is ineffective.

    Now why do you suppose you and your like-minded choose not to believe the SCIENCE-BASED medical research of all these MEDICAL DOCTORS who are teaching the TRUTH about vaccines, because THEIR educators neglected to forward that important piece of information to THEM about vaccines in medical school???? – which did not educate them AT ALL about vaccines!

    Why do YOU neglect to question why these medical doctors TRAINED IN MEDICAL SCHOOL AND DEGREED AND LICENSED are educating YOU about the truth about vaccines and not following their medical hierarchy herds to injure you?


    The fear-mongering are rather those who are terrorizing you into thinking you need a flu vaccine for a flu strain that won’t exist this season!! – and getting rich doing so.

  • Zuxs13

    OMG you are such trash. Your links are not even links to actual evidence to support your false arguments. You are causing people to endanger themselves with your false narratives, all so you can make money sitting at home writing your blog.

  • Zuxs13

    You’re right this article is nothing but fear-mongering trash.

  • Zuxs13

    You should try googling what conspiracy theories are, because this article is exactly that.

  • I had to edit your particular rude post. You’re allegedly an MD. Do you always troll and trash pages and call them trash? I guess the truth hurts. Sorry if we take away money from unethical monster MDs giving people a dangerous deadly flu shot. Truth hurts.

  • Now rumor has it you’re an MD. You called US trash in your other post. Do you give your patients the flu shot? They are ineffective and can kill FYI.

  • GunzRloaded

    Yeah the flu shot….I see at the local small town grocery stores that the nurses are there giving the flu shots just like passing out candy to children on halloween.Just think of all the RN’s,etc. that are giving the shots,just doing their so-called jobs and not knowing they can be silent accomplices to murder….!!!!Wow,think of it,U R schooled what to do,U go to work and do what U R told or commanded to do.. without ever questioning what the hell you R really doing and could be possibly killing people all in the name of your career….!!…For shame…shame on you…!!!

  • Betsy

    Erin – my good friend with an autoimmune disease was told by her doctor (from a top Boston hospital) NOT to get the flu shot! He said “they are POISON”. I thought you might find that interesting. My whole family stopped getting them years ago and we’re much healthier as a result.

  • Lee Reikert

    Have those 7 actually been tested to see if it really IS flu? In the vast majority of suspected flu cases it isn’t flu at all. Not to mention the vast majority of deaths are in compromised individuals…….but the media conveniently doesn’t mention that. Our corporate owned media is now pushing the flu vaccine as between 30% and 40% effective and stating that this “epidemic” is because people aren’t getting their vaccine…….seriously……just listen to the shills. What a freaking joke our media and government are any more. All about the money……oh and what the latest celebrity scandal is……..!!!!! Brother.

  • :)

    Luckily, I’ve never had a flu shot. I was vaccinated for other things as a young child, because I had no clue what they were or what was being done to my body… my mother clearly didn’t at the time either. I eventually stopped getting them altogether and refused to take them, like Gardasil, which was offered to me 3 times during one visit… lol it was strange being a teen having to tell a DR. NO 3 times (which, I’m sure they’re not used to). I can say that after changing my diet to predominantly organic, unprocessed, whole foods and using herbs to assist my body in healing, & avoiding toxic pharmaceuticals and what not… my health has changed for the better! 🙂 I’ve undeniably seen what diet change and lifestyle change can do to reverse disease.It’s important to protect our right to control our own health and make our own decisions. The conventional way was literally destroying my health. I’m not saying it is ALL bad but their methods did not happen to work well for me. Much thanks to people like Erin and Dr. Mercola.

  • Oil of Oregano. Full stop. Period. Antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antispasmodic and so much more.

  • amber

    Seems kinda fear monger-y. Yeah. The flu shot sucks this year. It happens. And even if you get the flu shot, you can still get sick. The thing about the flu shot is that, like any vax, it prepares your body to fight a known enemy. The body already knows how to fight it because it already fought the form of it once. Therefore, if sick, it would not last as long or be as severe.

    Do you need the flu shot? Not really. If you have a strong immune system and are in general good health then sure. Skip it. It probably won’t kill you to not have it. The main reason to push the vax is for the not so healthy people (and ‘Murica has a lot of unhealthy peeps). Old age, youngsters, asthma, people who live with immune suppressed people or babies, etc. should think about getting the flu shot.

    There’s a time and place for the flu shot. Many people don’t get it and they are fine. Protect yourself for sure. Wash your hands, drink plenty of water, eat healthy, take zinc and vit c for an extra boost… But the flu vax is a useful tool in the right circumstances.

    Also to point out that all of the people who have died are 65+. Older peeps die of this because of complications of the flu (pneumonia). Older people most of the time don’t have a good immune system to begin with. Add on possible breathing problems (asthma and COPD mainly) and the unlikelihood of them moving around, they probably developed pneumonia. Most people take cough suppressants during the winter time, even if they have a productive cough, which means they are not coughing the bad junk up… I’m sure the vax wasn’t the problem. I am thinking they were old, got pneumonia, and died like most old people who die of the flu do.

    P.S. Spreading misinformation to further an agenda is just wrong.

  • Judy

    Vaccinations is what keeps diseases, like polio, from coming back. Don’t be a fool.

  • GaryL

    In order to give this greater context, it would be most helpful to discover the mortality statistics of those unvaccinated who contracted the flu.

  • Susan Ford Keller

    Hope you got YOUR flu shot then. You don’t want to be the flu carrier.

  • i have the flu right now and it sucks, but jamming d, c, and tea and not so bad
    haven’t had the shot since 2000 and every few years i get sick, but sometimes our immune systems have to learn from experience….that is all the shot is after all too

  • i outgrew kool aid at an early age….took me a while longer to not trust EVERYTHING the news media barfed out.
    Hope you learn to think for yourself someday

  • Shari Peterson

    Is there some link or data showing that they were all vaccinated? I am trying to share things like this with people in the Matrix but they won’t believe it without some back up.

  • Occams

    My family said I was a conspiracy theorist for not get vacc’d.

    That was at Thanksgiving

    Went back for Christmas. All the good little sheep had been vacc’d.



  • Occams

    If you’re using ANYTHING goolag then you’re as clueless as your silly post makes you out to be.

  • GodisGoodAlltheTime

    do we know if they took tamiflu also?

  • EquaYona

    She has worked”in that arena”? The “healing arts”? What a crock of bullshit.

  • Jessica LeBoff

    You are missing what he is saying. He is agreeing with you!!! He is stating that doctors are driven by the pharmaceutical industry. But that there are SOME out there that are good and speak up against it reporting its inefficiency to prevent anything. Slow down before you jump guys.

    The pharmaceutical industry is nothing but a cash cow pushing their agenda on doctors and now every corner pharmacy to give their poison shots. Not me or my family. No thanks we boost our immune system with elderberry syrup instead.

  • Shari. It’s right in the source listed which is a national mainstream publication, under the bio. Our sources are always linked by our editor and always show up under the bio as that is wordpress’ format. You can click the link and see that article as well as all in national news (and local) explain all but one (out of 8) were vaccinated with the flu shot recently. Thanks. HNN Staff

  • There’s not much difference. The flu shot is only 10% effective this year and doesn’t work. And since we just had a little boy die after his flu shot who didn’t even have the flu? I’d say this is an epidemic this year of children dying who have had the flu shot (thus far it appears far more had the shot who did not and are alas, dead) Watch the video in here. CNN and People report on two different boys dead after their flu shots and again, one did not even have the flu. https://www.healthnutnews.com/people-second-boy-dies-after-flu-shot-tests-negative-for-flu/

  • Ms Meadows. We spread no misinformation. People (including children) are dying in record numbers after receiving the flu shot. Not only that, but it’s been ineffective for years. And top doctors (like one of the heads of the Cleveland clinic) are speaking out about the dangerous adjuvants. There are thousands of doctors in the US alone who do not recommend the flu shot. Ever. Oh and this boy just died after HIS flu shot and did not even have the flu. https://www.healthnutnews.com/people-second-boy-dies-after-flu-shot-tests-negative-for-flu/

  • The cognitive dissonance is think on here. isn’t it? I wonder how many of these trolls are pharma paid.

  • max

    False Story. FAKE News.

  • Gary, You must so inept you cannot read the source linked by our editor, clear as day, at the bottom of the article to the local Santa Barbara Newspaper. Not only that, but it’s in national news now as well. As it states, 7 out of the 8 dead people had just their flu shots. Not only that. People magazine stated a boy died just after his flu shot. Oh and he did NOT Have the flu.. We won’t hold our breath for your apology on your fake post and ad hominem attacks. Next time at least have the balls havet to put your name and face to that post and grow a pair. Sincerely, STAFF

  • We edited the post. MF is an alleged doctor who called us trash and other bad things. If we had time? We’d seek to have his license taken away. – Staff

  • not sure but wouldn’t surprise me 🙁

  • Mike Lashewitz

    It was on the Natural News website as well.

  • elanarem

    I find it interesting that you left out the part in the article where Dr Charity Dean says she still recommends getting a flu shot. (I went and actually read the entire article not just what you cherry picked out for your own bias)