Crist urges flu shots


Gov. Charlie Crist, right, along with Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, center, and Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, left, hold a news conference to announce legislation to restore Florida's back to school sales tax holiday, Monday in Tallahassee. Today Crist urged Floridians to get flu shots while they are widely available.

Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 8:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 8:38 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Charlie Crist says Floridians shouldn't be like him — they should get their flu vaccinations.

Crist said everyone should get vaccinated for seasonal as well as HINI strains at a news conference Tuesday with Florida Surgeon General Ana Viamonte Ros.

Crist emphasized there's plenty of HINI, or swine flu, vaccine and that the shots are free at county health departments.

Asked if he'd taken his own advice, Crist acknowledged he hadn't. He said he'd have to consult his doctor first.

Viamonte Ros, though, said she as well as her children have gotten their shots.

The surgeon general said Florida had no swine flu deaths last week but urged people to get vaccinated to prevent a third wave of the disease.

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