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Annual flu vaccine drive sees lowest turnout ever

Nicole Gonzales
ksl.com [1]
Monday, Sept 21st, 2009

SALT LAKE COUNTY — The Salt Lake Valley Health Department had the lowest turnout ever for its annual flu vaccination drive Saturday.

Officials were hoping to give out as many as 8,000 flu shots, but only several hundred people showed up.

This year, the department decided to bump up the date for its clinic because of concerns with H1N1.

Audrey Stevenson of the Salt Lake Valley Health Department said, “What’s unusual is that the vaccine has been available earlier this year than in seasons past, and so individuals may not be aware that it’s time to get your seasonal influenza shot.”

Though it may be time, many people are still in summer mode. Rozell Christianson is one of them. “Mentally you don’t think of the flu coming until maybe Thanksgiving or Christmas,” he said.

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