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Neither antiviral medication nor vaccination was able to save flu victim

Patty Bill Methot, a 49-year-old mother of a 10-year-old girl, died Jan. 30 in the intensive pulmonary care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, her sister Pamela Giusti told South Coast Today. Family members say that she died because of complications from the H1N1 flu virus.

Patty Methot of Worcester died from complications of the flu according to her sister Pamela Giusti
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She was diligent about her health according to her husband, Matt Methot. Patty did not smoke or drink coffee but had flare-ups of pancreatitis, a condition she had lived with for years. The Methots divided their time between homes in Worcester and West Yarmouth and when Patty Methot got sick late last month, she initially thought it was just a cold.

Giusti said that her sister went to a hospital emergency room in Worcester after her symptoms worsened. The medical staff took a swab of her nasal passages, told her she had the flu and put her on an antiviral medication. A few days later, on January 22, a friend who went to visit Patty Methot found her struggling for breath and called an ambulance.

The next day she was taken a by medical helicopter from UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester to Massachusetts General. Giusti said Patty Methot developed pneumonia and a blood infection after being diagnosed with H1N1. Methot died with family members by her side, including her husband and daughter Kelsey.

Neither antiviral medication nor vaccination was able to save Patty Methot's life. Giusti said, "That's the kicker of the whole thing. She had the flu shot — we all did."

A researcher with the independent Cochrane Collaboration, told Northwestern.edu that, "There is no evidence that vaccines can prevent deaths or prevent person-to-person spread of infection.” See: http://www.examiner.com/article/no-evidence-flu-vaccines-can-prevent-deaths-or-prevent-person-to-person-spread?cid=db_articles

In a recent study published in the journal of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers admitted that, "...early [vaccine effectiveness] estimates underscore that some vaccinated persons will become infected with influenza." See: http://www.examiner.com/article/cdc-researchers-admit-that-some-vaccinated-persons-will-be-infected-with-flu

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