Dr. Rogers discovers that more than a dozen people have died of the flu after supposedly receiving a flu shot. The detectives' investigation leads to a career con man selling saline solution disguised as the flu vaccine. Annie Parisse makes her first appearance as ADA Alexandra Borgia
Did You Know?
It's actually a fairly common misconception that getting the influenza vaccine can give you the flu. The vaccine contains dead viral organisms, so it is impossible for them to cause an actual infection. However the immune system recognizes the dead virus as being alive and a threat to the body so it responds accordingly, meaning it attacks them and creates antibodies to prevent future infection by the same strain. This process can cause a person to experience some of the symptoms of influenza infection, since some of the symptoms (symptoms such as fever, swelling, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea) a person experiences while sick are caused by their immune system fighting the infection and trying to expel the pathogen from the body, only a few of the symptoms are caused by the pathogen itself. The symptoms caused by the immune system's reaction to the vaccine are often mild and last for less than 24 hours. See more
Fontana tells the suspect that he is facing 16 counts of homicide. However homicide is not a criminal charge, it's a manner of death. Whenever a person dies as the result of another person's actions, whether intentional or unintentional, the medical examiner rules the manner of death as a homicide. There are a number of criminal charges that can be brought against someone guilty of committing a unjustified homicide, including: criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter in the second degree, vehicular manslaughter, manslaughter in the first degree, murder in the second degree, aggravated murder and murder in the first degree.
The actual criminal charges the defendant will be facing is manslaughter in the second degree since his reckless actions unintentionally resulted in the death of several people. See more
Detective Joe Fontana
I hate going to Jersey. I always get lost.
References The Third Man