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Hike in flu shots after boy’s death

By Candice Dehnbostel

Doctors’ offices were prompted to schedule a flu shot clinic tomorrow after an 8-year-old St. Paul boy died from the virus.

Children’s Hospital in St. Paul arranged the special clinic for children 6 months and older and their parents, according to the Star Tribune.

Hundreds of parents swamped local health centers yesterday concerned if symptoms their children had could be from the flu and wondering where they could get vaccinated, reported the Pioneer Press.

KARE 11 stated the State Health Department received 100 phone calls and Children’s Hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Paul both reported about 50 queries.