NY State Senator Passes Away At 47 After Linking Illness To Flu Shot Symptoms

Jim Satney November 24, 2018

José R. Peralta, a former New York State Senator, has passed away at age 47. Peralta is the first Dominican-American to elected to New York’s State Senate.

The circumstances surrounding Peralta’s death are odd, to say the least.

Peralta allegedly complained of ‘flu symptoms’ following flu shot. Medical examiner determined potential septic shock.

Peralta complained of a mysterious illness for two weeks prior to his passing. According to an article in the New York Times, Peralta believed the cause of his symptoms to be related to a flu shot he’d recently received.

“It was like pulling teeth to get him to talk about not feeling well,” Mr. Chris Sosa, Peralta’s Director of Communications, said. “He just thought he was having symptoms related to getting the flu shot.”

Peralta began experiencing disorientation on Wednesday evening. He was immediately taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens. He passed away at the hospital at 9:23 p.m. An autopsy is being performed.

Medical Examiner Says ‘Septic Shock’ Likely Cause

New York City’s Medical Examiner’s office allegedly told Evelyn Peralta, his wife, that Peralta died of “septic shock,” according to the New York Post.

All they said is that he was septic,’ she said on Friday. ‘And that led to organ failure.’

Without the results of the autopsy, this diagnosis remains informal.

Politicians React To Peralta’s Untimely Passing

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he is “deeply saddened” by the passing of the former State Senator.

“As a member of the Assembly for eight years and then as senator, he fought tirelessly to make a difference for others, and he will always be remembered for his service to Queens and to all New Yorkers,” Mr. Cuomo said in a press statement.

“Jose Peralta was a proud son of Queens and the Dominican Republic. He worked his way up from the grassroots, with heart and tenacity,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter.

Peralta recently lost his State Senate seat to Jessica Ramos. Peralta’s loss is said to have been a result of his aligning with Republicans via the Independent Democratic Conference. He served in the seat since 2010.



According to Dr. Mercola, Sepsis is one of the leading causes of influenza-related deaths which is caused by an aggressive, dysfunctional immune response to an infection in the bloodstream.

Excerpt from article:

While Peralta had recently received an influenza vaccination, research shows the flu vaccine often fails to work, and may actually weaken the immune system, making you more vulnerable to secondary infections and/or more severe disease.23,24,25 In one study,26 influenza vaccination more than quadrupled children’s risk of contracting an upper respiratory infection.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,27 the 2017-2018 seasonal influenza vaccine’s effectiveness against “influenza A and influenza B virus infection associated with medically attended acute respiratory illness” was just 36 percent, meaning there was a 64 percent chance of contracting influenza even if you got the flu shot.

The article also gives a sepsis treatment protocol developed by Dr. Paul Marik which consists of giving IV vitamin C with hydrocortisone and vitamin B1 for two days which reduced mortality from 40% down to 8.5%.

Before vaccines, here’s the annual death toll from various diseases:

  • rubella 17-24
  • mumps 39-50
  • chicken pox 105-138
  • measles 400-552  (While they say the vaccine has saved 24,200 lives in the past 55 years, there have been more than 89,355 adverse reactions reported including 1,657 disabilities & 445 deaths.  An estimated 99% of adverse reactions are never reported.)

By comparison, the death toll from other issues:

  • lightening 100
  • choking on food 200
  • slip & fall accidents 350
  • C-diff 15,000
  • car crashes 40,000
  • medical errors 250,000


More on the flu vaccine:  Info on the flu vaccine.