PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 

U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 

18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Flu Shot Season for CA – What’s the Point?

October 8, 2007

Flu season officially kicks off this month, which will send an estimated 200,000 sufferers to the hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, flu vaccine shortages in previous years are being blamed for the reluctance of Californians between ages 50 and 64 to roll up a sleeve.

Christina Clem with AARP California says, while plenty of vaccine is available this year, people at high-risk for life-threatening complications are still skipping shots -- just as they were a couple of years ago, in order to allow others the protection.

"For them, it became this assumption that, 'Oh, it's not for me, there's someone else there who needs it.'"

Clem says with plenty of shots available this year, caregivers need to put flu-shot protection on their priority list. She says many Baby Boomers have a big responsibility to stay healthy to care for their parents, and not expose them to illness.

"While most people go through it fine in five days of feeling really crummy, it really can be a very serious thing."

An AARP study finds that only about one-third of people ages 50 to 64 have been getting flu vaccinations, even though they're considered part of the high-risk population. Rates are even lower for African Americans and Hispanics. New research shows vaccination can lower the risk of death by 48 percent. Flu shot critics say the vaccine contains heavy metals and other substances that can be dangerous to some people.

More information is available online, at The vaccination and death risk study is in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. It followed subjects 50 years old and above in the Portland, Oregon, area for ten years.

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - CA