Flu shot use spikes after 8-year-old's death

12:15 PM, Feb 2, 2007   |    comments
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The death of an 8-year-old boy from flu complications has caused a surge of interest in flu shots. Health officials organized a special one-day vaccination clinic for Saturday in St. Paul to accommodate demand, which spiked this week after the death of Lucio Satar of St. Paul. The state Health Department took about 100 calls, and Children's Hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Paul each reported about 50 inquiries, said Patsy Stinchfield, a pediatric nurse practitioner who leads the Minnesota Immunization Practices Advisory Committee. Saturday's clinic was scheduled for Children's in St. Paul. Lucio was healthy before he began feeling sick Jan. 24. He died Wednesday of pneumonia, a complication from the flu. Nationally, about 100 children die every year from flu complications, Stinchfield said.

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