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Vaccine Preventable Death – Raymond Plotkin


Age at death – 18 years

Cause of death –H1N1 (Swine Flu)

Vaccination Status – Unvaccinated

What happened – Raymond Plotkin, was a freshman at the University of New Mexico. He was studying to become an engineer. He started class in August 2009 as a freshman interested in Chemical and Nuclear Engineering. He enjoyed his roommates and living in a dorm as part of the Engineering Living Learning Community. In 2009 he had the regular flu shot, but due to shortages of  the vaccine, he wasn’t able to get the H1N1 vaccine.

While Raymond had health issues growing up, he had no problems in the last couple of years, according to family members. Doctors told the family they do not believe underlying health problems contributed to his death

He died on Wednesday evening of  November 11, 2009, four days after being admitted in the hospital. Said Raymond’s mother:

“It was a terrible tragedy. It could have been prevented had there been vaccine,”

“We are strongly recommending that because Raymond couldn’t take his shot last year, that this year everyone, that whether you’re a child, adult, parent, grandparent, we all take one for Raymond,”

People are getting complacent about H1N1. Please remember what happened to Raymond and get both the seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccines as soon as you can.

Raymond’s family has set up a scholarship fund in honor of Raymond’s memory. The first scholarship was awarded to Sean Chavez, a 2010 graduate of Albuquerque High School and computer engineering student at UNM.

For more information about the fund, please contact Susan Georgia, UNM School of Engineering Development Office at 505 – 277-0664; sgeorgia@​unm.​edu.

Contributions can be sent to:

UNM Foundation/Raymond Plotkin Fund

ATTN: Susan Georgia, Development Office

UNM School of Engineering

Centennial Engineering Center

MSCO1 1140

1 University of New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131 – 0001

My deepest condolences go to Raymond’s family. I am very sorry for your loss.

Sources

KVue.com

New Mexico Daily Lobo

The University of New Mexico

Khou.com

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  1. Ronnie Plotkin
    October 27, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Thanks for helping get the word out about flu vaccinations. We can only hope that another family does not have to go what we have gone through. It is amazing the responses we have received from people like you that we do not even know.

    • Skepdude
      October 27, 2010 at 12:25 PM

      What I am doing is very little; thank you for the courage to speak up and put a human face to the suffering these diseases cause.

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