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Wallowa County Chieftain
October 10, 2018
Flu vaccination reduces chance of complications
By Kelsey Allen
hile studying medicine
in Tennessee, I worked
with a group of doctors
charged with managing patients
sick enough to be admitted to the
hospital for closer surveillance.
During this time, a roughly 60-year-
old man entered our care.
It was determined through testing
that the he had originally presented
with the flu, which later developed
into pneumonia. This scenario is not
uncommon to those who suffer from
severe flu symptoms.
As this patient progressed in our
care, he required more and more
treatment. Eventually, he was trans-
ferred to a larger hospital and died
within a week.
A few days later, his wife pre-
sented to our care with very similar
symptoms. Like her late husband,
she was sent to a larger hospital and
died within a week.
Although some may contract the
flu virus and successfully fight it
with rest, fluids, over-the-counter
medications and chicken noodle
soup, this virus can place our bodies
in a vulnerable position by weaken-
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Mona Williams is a straight-for-
ward, dedicated public servant. She
has served as the judge of our cir-
cuit and has done an admirable job.
She has proven that she is capable
of the fair, even, balanced applica-
tion of law to each individual case.
Her personal integrity and repuation
for fairness are unquestioned. She is
by far the better choice for our cir-
cuit court judge. I strongly endorse
Support Wes Williams
in race for judge
I support Wes Williams for circuit
I have known Wes for more than
30 years, going back to when we were
ing our defense systems.
This weakened state can allow
other microbes to infect our bod-
ies — as exemplified by the patients
in Tennessee. The flu virus coupled
with other infections can be compli-
cated and difficult for our bodies to
manage and recover.
Minor complications of the flu
can consist of ear and sinus infec-
tions and bronchitis. The flu may
also lead to more severe compli-
cations including development of
pneumonia as well as the worsening
of congestive heart failure, asthma
The more severe complications
can lead to hospital stay includ-
ing the intensive care unit. Centers
for Disease Control and Preven-
tion studies show that 80,000 peo-
ple died from the flu virus last year
— a high for the last three decades.
Those who are most susceptible to
complications from the flu are chil-
dren younger than 5, individuals
older than 65, residents of nursing
both teaching at Sandy High School
and living on the flanks of Mount
Hood. In those days, Wes was an
extremely accomplished young teacher
who taught U.S. history and was the
mock trial coach.
On many occasions when I had a
free period, I would drop in on his class
to observe, with the hope of improv-
ing my own teaching skills. Wes was
a master teacher, but what was most
impressive to me was the great respect,
which he showed all his students and
how that respect was returned to him.
Wes left teaching to pursue his
dream of practicing law and opened his
law practice in La Grande. The same
traits that Wes developed as a teacher
are evident in his law practice.
His hard work and preparation, his
respectful treatment of all people, his
fairness and thoughtfulness, these qual-
ities make up the bedrock of Wes Wil-
liams’ character and will serve to make
him an outstanding judge.
Individuals who receive a flu vaccination may
still become infected with the flu virus and
experience symptoms. However, individuals
experience less severe symptoms and are less
likely to develop more severe complications.…”
homes and pregnant women.
Flu symptoms consist of sudden
onset of fever, chills, body aches
and coughing. These symptoms may
appear to be similar to the common
Typically, the flu will present
with more severe symptoms, how-
ever, further testing may still be
required to distinguish between the
flu or common cold.
The flu can be debilitating for up to
multiple days — individuals find reg-
ular tasks difficult and even exhaust-
ing. Those experiencing the flu often
require many hours per day resting.
I have practiced law for nearly 30
years and began practicing in Wallowa
and Union counties when I moved to
northeastern Oregon in 2000. I met
Wes Williams within months of com-
ing to this area and have known him
for close to 20 years.
During that time, Wes has helped
me with difficult aspects of my own
cases, and I have had the opportunity
to observe him in court during some of
his most challenging and difficult tri-
als. I am supporting Wes for judge in
Wallowa and Union counties because
I believe he is the most capable and
qualified candidate for that position.
Our judicial district’s two judges
must be able to handle both civil and
criminal cases, which have very dif-
ferent rules and procedures and dif-
ferent subject matters. In his decades
of practice, Wes has gained extensive
experience in both areas, giving him a
broad understanding of the law.
His experience will enable him to
hit the ground running and to imme-
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In our most recent article, we dis-
cussed a few simple measures to pre-
vent infections. One section needs to
be highlighted — vaccinations.
Many healthcare profession-
als have witnessed the severity
and far-reaching effects of the flu.
Thus, we encourage our patients
to receive the flu vaccine in hopes
of preventing infection and further
Each year, researchers moni-
tor the most prominent types of flu
viruses and create a vaccine to com-
bat them. The effectiveness of the
vaccine varies from year to year due
diately handle both kinds of cases
knowledgeably and efficiently.
For all of these reasons, I urge
you to vote for Wes. He is the most
qualified candidate and will provide
our counties with the best and fairest
I am supporting and voting for Wes
Williams for circuit court judge for
Union and Wallowa counties.
I met Wes 20 years ago on a trip to
La Grande for a court matter involv-
ing Wallowa County. For years I saw
him as a civil practice attorney and as
a criminal defense attorney in Wal-
lowa County and as a colleage when-
ever we met.
At all times he was well-informed
on the applicable law in each case and
thoroughly prepared to present that
case for his client, whether a civil law
or criminal law matter. In addition, he
was always considerate and respectful
to the court, opposing counsel, and all
to the unpredictable and frequent
changes in a virus’s makeup. Regard-
less of the precision toward the pre-
vention of the exact type of flu, there
are other benefits that dramatically
work in your favor.
Individuals who receive a flu vac-
cination may still become infected
with the flu virus and experience
symptoms. However, individuals
experience less severe symptoms
and are less likely to develop more
severe complications as discussed
Added to this is less time taken
away from work and other respon-
sibilities. Also, these individuals
are less likely to enter hospital care
and even more unlikely to enter the
intensive care unit. If they do enter
these facilities, their recovery time is
The flu vaccine is a simple and
cost-effective way to prevent infec-
tion. It also adds the benefit of not
requiring added treatment if one hap-
pens to become infected.
■ ■ ■
Kelsey Allen, D.O., is a fam-
ily medicine physician at Mountain
View Medical Clinic in Enterprise.
Mountain Medicine is a collabora-
tion between Ron Polk and Allen.
witnesses from both sides of the case.
Experience in many areas of the
law is essential for a judge in our
counties. The judge must be prepared
to deal on a daily basis with cases
in civil law from domestic relations
and business transactions to personal
injury and real property cases and in
criminal law from barking dogs to
The judge does not have the priv-
ilege of specializing as is common in
bigger cities. We has practices in all
these areas for 22 years and is pre-
pared to handle any of the legal issues
that may arise in court.
It takes all of these characteristics
to make a first-rate judge, and Wes
Williams has always exhibited them
in his years of practice of the law. That
is why I am supporting him and voting
for him for circuit court judge for our
two counties, and why I urge all voters
to vote for Wes by Nov. 6.
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