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Med Students Get Flu Shots

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Medical students in the Tri-Cities are being told to get ready for flu season by rolling up their sleeves.

Kadlec Medical Center has donated flu shots to Columbia Basin College health science students. Today nursing students helped give vaccines to other students.

 Head of the CBC nursing program Mary Hoerner says the med students work around a lot of germs, and can't afford to get sick.

"It starts with students missing a lot of time, faculty having to arrange to make up clinical for those students in the clinical facilities. So the trickle down effect for an illness in a student is much greater than staying home in bed."

The Benton Franklin Health District says statistics show less than half of health care professionals nationwide get flu shots, but Kadlec Medical Center makes it a lot easier by offering free flu shots to everyone on the staff.