Flu Vaccine

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

News that some members of Congress have gotten flu shots despite a national shortage of the vaccine doesn't come as a surprise for some Americans.

Kathy Johnson of Bloomfield, New Jersey, where there's a lottery for the shots, says she expected lawmakers to grab scarce vaccines.

She says "They get everything they want and we're just the little peons that work for them."

That's a sentiment shared by fellow Bloomfield resident Ed Novak. He says lawmakers always take care of themselves first.

But while Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist did get a flu shot, Indiana Senator Evan Bayh says he's skipping the vaccine this year. He says Congress shouldn't get preferential treatment and that the doses allocated for lawmakers should be given to the general public.


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