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Need-to-read stories on the flu, vaccine

Posted at 8:45 AM on October 26, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Health

We'll be looking for stories and insight today on the flu and a new report showing the vaccine we all take each year isn't the protection we thought.

Here's what we're reading and listening to this morning.

-- The study found "major holes and gaps'' in the vaccine given to tens of millions of Americans every year to prevent influenza and its complications, the Star Tribune reports.

-- 42 percent of Americans are not planning on getting a flu shot this year, according to a recent survey conducted for pharmacy giant CVS.

-- MPR News health reporter Lorna Benson was on Morning Edition this morning. We'll post that later this morning and we're hoping to have a separate interview with her up this afternoon.

Click on the play button to listen to her reporting on the vaccine study.

Minnesota Today editor Michael Olson has pulled together a feed of flu stories from around Minnesota and the U.S. Check it out below.

Any other stories or links on flu and the flu vaccine we should care about? Post them below or contact us directly.


About Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.