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Week: 597.3

Guest: Dr. Gregory Poland, Mayo Medical School

Topic: Health care workers and flu vaccine

Host/Producer: Steve Girard 

NEMA: Time to get flu shots...coming up... 

SPOT: 15 years in the prevention of heart disease, stroke and trauma - the National Emergency Medicine Association. Call 800-332-6362. 

NEMA: Flu and pneumonia - the yearly bane of the elderly...especially those in nursing homes. Dr. Gregory Poland of the Mayo Medical School in Minnesota... 

POLAND: Each year in the United States, between 20 thousand and 40 thousand Americans die of this vaccine-preventable disease. We lose another 40 thousand people a year due to pneumococcal. So together, influenza and pneumococcal infection, both of which are vaccine-preventable, cause as many or more deaths than breast cancer and AIDS...combined!  

NEMA: Dr. Poland is heading an effort to get more of those at risk immunized against the flu... 

POLAND: Anybody who's aged 65 or older, anybody with a serious medical condition, anybody living in a nursing home or long term care facility...they should get influenza vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine. Even the healthy young family members should also get the influenza vaccine, to help protect that elderly person who, as we mentioned, if they get influenza, it just won't be feeling bad for a day or two...it could mean being hospitalized or dying. 

NEMA: ....I'm Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.