Friday, September 18, 2009

Seniors largely spared of swine flu

Seniors who for years have made flu shots a fall ritual are being sent to the end of the line for the swine flu vaccine. And the reason — their age group seems to have a bit of immunity — appears to have warded off most potential grumbling."I don't worry about getting it," said 89-year-old Robert Goodman, a Boca Raton retiree. "At this age, who the hell cares? You take it as it comes."Across Florida, a retirement dreamland that is home to about 3.2 million people 65 and older, seniors who are typically plagued by nearly any spreadable illness are just happy they appear to have been given a reprieve from the new flu virus that has run rampant through schools, colleges and campsites.In an Associated Press-GfK poll released last week, 82 percent of seniors said they're likely to seek a swine flu shot. That's higher than any other age group surveyed. But in interview after interview, they also expressed wide acceptance of the government's orders to put other, more at-risk people ahead of them....
Picture Left:Robert Goodman discusses the upcoming flu season Monday, Sept. 15, 2009 in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)

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