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Subject: Interesting News
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 13:52:42 EDT

Oct 14, 2004

Chicken Soup Replaces Flu Vaccine
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) -- People who went to a local clinic to get a flu
shot didn't receive the vaccine they wanted. Instead, they received an
old-fashioned remedy.
The estimated 20 people who went to the flu shot clinic Friday at Affinity
Plus Federal Credit Union were sent home with a can of chicken soup and a pack
of tissues.
Nick Mariotti, the branch supervisor, said the idea started out as a joke
when he and his staff learned they had to cancel the clinic because of the
nationwide shortage of flu vaccines.
Mariotti decided to buy a case of Campbell's chicken noodle soup and a bunch
of tissues. He said the workers "kept them at the front desk, so when people
walked in for the flu shot clinic, we could break the news lightly."

When the vaccine seekers turned to leave without their flu shot, Mariotti
pointed to the soup and said: "Maybe this will help."
Most left with smiles on their faces, he said.
Kris Ehresmann, who heads the state's immunization program, was impressed.
"Well, you know, it's better than nothing," she said with a laugh.

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