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Letters, Oct. 30

Get informed on flu shot

Flu vaccine can injure, sometimes seriously. Insist on reading the full insert included with the vaccine (not the summary they may give you).

Let’s take Fluzone Quadrivalent as an example. Reported adverse effects include (from the insert which you can read at the FDA website): Myalgia (muscle pain), headache, malaise, shivering, fever, cough, wheezing, throat tightness, vomiting.

More serious: Thrombocytopenia, lymphadenopathy, anaphylaxis, allergic reactions, ocular hyperemia, Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), convulsions, encephalomyelitis, transverse myelitis), Bell’s palsy, optic neuritis/neuropathy, brachial neuritis, syncope (fainting), dizziness (not exhaustive; more listed in the insert).

This product has not been safety tested for pregnant women or babies:

“Available data with Fluzone Quadrivalent use in pregnant women are insufficient to inform vaccine-associated risk of adverse developmental outcomes.”

“Safety and effectiveness of Fluzone Quadrivalent in children below the age of 6 months have not been established.”

Furthermore: “Each 0.25-ml dose from the multi-dose vial contains 12.5 meg (micrograms) mercury.”

Mercury is a neurotoxin that has been mostly removed from vaccines, but not multi-dose flu vaccine.

Informed consent means knowing risks as well as benefits. With effectiveness estimated at less than 50% this year, make sure you are fully informed before you decide.

Lynn Barton

Medford

Hemp is here to stay

The orchards are being removed and replaced with hemp. I suppose some think this is progress.

In my opinion, it decreases the quality of living in our Rogue Valley. I understand the “right to farm” and the rights of property owners to lease their property to hemp growers or to grow hemp themselves.

I read in the Mail Tribune that the Rogue Valley has the perfect climate to produce quality hemp. I recently talked to a hemp farm manager who said hemp is here to stay, although the owners live in Texas.

I believe he is right. Hemp is here to stay. The smell will continue, so we should change the names of our cities to reflect the new normal — smell, that is. White City to Reek City. Medford to Stinkford, Phoenix to Phewnix, Talent to Smellent, Jacksonville to odoriferenceville and finally Ashland to Stenchland. Personally, I hate to see our valley go in this direction. It’s very discouraging.

John Gritsch

Medford

Investigate vs. hunt for dirt

I am disappointed that our politicians in Washington, D.C., are directing their effort at winning the 2020 election rather than correcting a health care system that has enslaved working families and for failing to correct an education system which will make our students as stupid as them.

The current chapter of the impeach Trump effort relates to a telephone call between Trump and the president of Ukraine where Trump asked the Ukranian president to “help us get to the bottom of what happened in 2016.” Later, Trump asked them to help his administration determine what was the Bidens’ involvement in that inquiry. He did not ask them to “turn up dirt on the Bidens,” a refrain heard over and over.

There are two separate inquiries: what did the Ukraine have to do with framing Trump for getting Russia to interfere with the 2016 election? And was the hiring of Biden’s son by Burisma, a Ukrainian natural gas company, corrupt, a favor or quid pro quo to V.P. Biden?

As a citizen, I want answers to both questions and Trump has a duty to find those answers.

As for my bias, both gangs are disgusting .

John M. Moore

Eagle Point

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