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bob edwards September 21, 2013 at 08:11 am
"Community members" posting apparently include Kaiser's paid public relations flaks.Read More Nothing wrong with that but disclaimers ought to be included. Some might mistake this criticism-free advertisement as objective journalism. It's not "news." It's P. T. Barnum.
Dr. Randy Bergen, Kaiser Permanente
H.I. Miller September 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm
"Get the vaccine" is excellent advice, but there's more to it than that -- there are aRead More number of flu vaccines, one of which is specifically formulated for people over 65 years of age. Called Fluzone® High-Dose, it contains more of the flu "antigens" -- the stuff that stimulates your immune system to resist the flu. (Many studies have shown that as we age, we don't respond as well to flu vaccine. Last flu season, the effectiveness of conventional vaccines was only 19 percent. )
Reginald "Rex" Henderson August 27, 2013 at 11:48 am
Editor - I would like to object to this writer, who is obvious in the publicity department forRead More Kaiser as his name shows up everywhere with very Kaiser-centric posts. It seems like he is getting free advertising for Kaiser!
Dee Baucher August 28, 2013 at 07:56 pm
Agree with Rex, above. This is obviously another deceptive Kaiser promotion. Kaiser has had aRead More "free pass" in Sonoma County, unlike other counties in California. Kaiser escapes the mandatory acceptance of "all comers" to their ER and their clinics, which the other hospitals and private providers have been mandated to accept. This means that Kaiser does not provide "uncompensated" medical care, like the others, and therefore is at an unfair advantage. Other counties have demanded special taxes for the Kaisers in their communities, to compensate for this situation. Not Sonoma County. Our leaders have allowed Kaiser to get a "sweet deal"....and the Kaiser system has not paid their "dues". They promote themselves as great contributors to community organizations....but this is a small and relatively trivial contribution to "community wellness", compared to the large tax contribution that should have been demanded of them for decades. I am glad to see that others are aware of the situation with Kaiser in our county.