Thursday, October 21, 2004
Judging from the news of the last 24 hours or so, we're half expecting the political TV ads to start telling us not to vote for Candidates X and Y because they - of all things! - got flu shots.
We agree that shots should be given first to the highest-risk groups, especially since some of us belong to a high-risk group and haven't been shot yet. But perhaps things are getting out of control. Consider the headlines:
Lawmakers getting flu shot sparks debate
Frist defends flu shots for Congress
Most Minnesota lawmakers forego flu shots
Some Texas lawmakers received flu shots
Flu debate: Should healthy lawmakers get a shot amid a shortage?
Some Ohio lawmakers have been vaccinated, others refusing shots
Daschle, Herseth skip flu shot; Johnson gets one
Georgia senators say they got flu shots before shortage known
Many Michigan members of Congress got flu shots despite shortage
We've also heard that Bush, Kerry and Edwards did not get injections but that Cheney, who is over 65 and has a heart condition, was innoculated.
posted by Ellen Dunkel at 12:19 PM
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