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Obama gets a flu shot, but not for swine flu

By Rob Stein
President Obama received a seasonal flu shot Tuesday afternoon, a White House official said. A White House physician administered the shot while accompanying the president on a trip to New York, where he is attending fund-raisers for the Democratic Party and a House candidate.

The first lady and Obama girls had received their seasonal flu vaccines previously.

The seasonal flu shot does not vaccinate against the H1N1 swine flu virus, and Obama is not in one of the groups -- such as pregnant women, health-care workers and those under age 24 -- designated as high-priority for receiving the scarce H1N1 vaccine.

Posted at 7:48 PM ET on Oct 20, 2009  | Category:  Health Care
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Why is there so much hate around here. Are you guys part of the birther's conspiracy theories?

Posted by: rlvron | October 27, 2009 12:58 AM

I'm willing to bet the vaccine Obushma got didn't contain all the cancer viruses and mercury that our vaccines do and also his might actually protect him against the flu viruses instead of giving him flu symptoms designed to kill of some of the elderly and children with low immune systems. Obama might actually pretend to get the H1N1 vaccine on tv like president Ford did during the first swine flu scare in 1976 but once again I doubt it will be the same lot number from the trash we get. Also note that Obama's daughters will not be getting the H1N1 vaccine which indicates that this thing is a joke despite him calling it a national emergency.

Posted by: prenticereid | October 26, 2009 5:05 PM

With all of the critical comments in regards to the president not getting the flu shot he will probably set up a fake session where his family is publicly getting it. This will be interesting to watch.

Posted by: sherbear0000 | October 24, 2009 3:29 PM

Has any of you been tuned into UTUBE? There is a clear reason that Obama has waited to get the H1N1 injection. He's not waiting to be considerate, he is waiting because he is not going to have it at all. This virus is man made and he knows it. There is 1 million times the poison that was used in the first strain of injection in this injection!!This H1N1 was tested on ferrets, guess what? All the ferrets died. Has anyone checked out all of the concentration camps that are already set up and fully guarded? Wonder who is paying for this? What about all of the plastic body caskets that FEMA has had shipped into different areas of the US? Hundreds of thousands. What do you think these are for? They are for the next biological warfare that is lead by no one other than the president himself. He will divide our country into 6 different regions and these will all be concentration camps. And guess who voted for this guy? YOU DID. When you awake one morning with a machine gun against your head, you can thank yourself. Glad I didn't waste my time voting. He is one of them.........not a US citizen. Smarten up American, soon it will be too late.

Posted by: sherbear0000 | October 24, 2009 3:20 PM

It's really quite amazing all the chatter this article has stirred up. If one wants to learn of the risks associated with being vaccinated against H1N1, do yourself a favor and research the topic. If the American people really think the Government is looking out for there best interests, my opinion is you couldn't be more wrong. From what I've learned, the vaccine is poison, plane and simple and is just part of a master plan to rid the world of some sheeple so the elites can rush in the new world order with less resistance. Again, just my opinion and everyone is entitled to theirs. No need to get worked up because my viewpoint may vary from yours. Just remember, this whole thing is getting blown way out of proportion and if you care enough to perform your due diligence and become knowledgeable of the topic you may be enlightened with the truth. Use your common sense (although in today’s world common sense is not so common anymore) and be realistic and in tune with what your gut is telling you. We all have this ability but for the most part the masses have forgot how to use it. If at any time the Government says to the citizens of the United States of America that immunizations are required, we'll all have reason to be truly scared, not by only the vaccine but by the dictatorial behavior of our elected officials.

Posted by: funkythump | October 21, 2009 1:42 PM

H1N1 flu is running rampant throughout the U.S., and the country will have received only 25 percent of the vaccine that was expected by the end of October, Sen. Joe Lieberman told a Senate committee hearing Wednesday.

As of last week, there were more than 5,000 cases of flu reported, compared to 7 cases in October of last year.

More than 800 people have died from H1N1, including 86 children, according to the latest reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Posted by: dskiff | October 21, 2009 11:42 AM

One more thing. I wonder if the President's daughters have received the swine flu vaccine. It would set a great example for others who are balking on having their children receive it!

Can you just imagine the tragedy if, God forbid, one of the Obama daughters gets the swine flu and dies in the White House? And if it is shown they got it from their father, who intentionally turned down the chance to get vaccinated?

Posted by: cibor | October 21, 2009 10:11 AM

AND STILL nobody has said how 2 different animal flu's became 1 flu unless it was CREATED intentionally .

And when the outbreak started , why wasn't it stopped at it's source ( MEXICO ) from spreading to the U.S. if it is not a TERROR PLOT ?


Posted by: noHUCKABEEnoVOTE | October 21, 2009 10:05 AM

Otis, I'm in Maryland and I was able to get all three: Swine flu, seasonal flu, and pneumonia shot - all 100% covered by my insurance. I was told the Swine flu shot is free for everyone because the federal government paid for it. The literature I received also stated everyone between 6 months and 26 MUST get it because of the deaths reported from it. I wouldn't wait. And I agree 100% with sfjkwerf - "too many people who have unwarranted suspicions of the swine flu vaccine who will use any reason ("The President didn't get one! Why should I?") to not get the vaccine". This puts everyone at higher risk!

Posted by: cibor | October 21, 2009 9:54 AM

One more thing. I wonder if the President's daughters have received the swine flu vaccine. It would set a great example for others who are balking on having their children receive it!

Posted by: sfjkwerf | October 21, 2009 9:36 AM

You are correct, FairlingtonBlade, but the headline says he did not get the swine flu vaccine. The Post probably should have explained why he didn't in the first paragraph, because there are too many people who have unwarranted suspicions of the swine flu vaccine who will use any reason ("The President didn't get one! Why should I?") to not get the vaccine.

The Post was irresponsible in putting Obama's reason at the end of the (admittedly short) piece.

Posted by: sfjkwerf | October 21, 2009 9:34 AM

This is really a joke, right? Up here in the NORTHEAST there is NO FLU SHOTS FOR SEASONAL OR SWINE AT THE MAJORITY OF CLINICS.
THERE IS ONE PLACE where the person that answered the phone told my daughter that they had shots at the PRICE OF FIFTY-FIVE ($55.00) DOLLARS PER SHOT, she doesn't bill insurance.
THIS place must work for CURIOUS GEORGE a
crook like him and his people.

Posted by: otisplumber | October 21, 2009 9:28 AM

Yes, I went to my doctor and got the H1N1 vaccine and the pneumonia vaccine. My arm was sore for two hours, and that was it. Literally millions of health care professionals have gotten the shot, and unless you know something they don't, I rely on my doctor's expert advice. So should the president.

Posted by: dskiff | October 21, 2009 9:21 AM

Come now. Would YOU take any shot that has never been tested except on a computer? Really? Really? Sure you would!

Posted by: KBlit | October 21, 2009 9:17 AM

While I hope the president and his staff do NOT get the H1N1 virus, given the responsibility of the office (not the man), I think it's reckless for the president not to get both the H1N1 vaccine and the pneumonia vaccine. If the president gets the H1N1 flu, he could possibly be very sick for up to ten days, and what if the Vice President, who is even more at risk of developing pneumonia, is out of action at the same time. Do we really want the Office of the President to be empty because the president chose not to get vaccinated? The president has a duty to all of us to avoid getting sick, and that includes getting vaccinated against a flu that has already killed hundreds of Americans and it's just getting started.

Posted by: cibor | October 21, 2009 8:44 AM

Perhaps since someone in his entourage had the swine flu last spring it will bypass them now.

Posted by: RedBird27 | October 21, 2009 6:11 AM

Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | October 21, 2009 12:25 AM

@ DupontJay - Actually, the information was in the 5th word of the entire piece. To wit: "President Obama received a SEASONAL flu shot..."


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 20, 2009 11:15 PM

I LOVE reading the spewing of hate on here. It makes me chuckle to know that some of you get this angry about Obama getting a flu shot. At least three more years, and most likely seven and a half, left. Enjoy it, dweebs!

Posted by: Brunoterp | October 20, 2009 10:12 PM

Thanks for burying the lead. You literally waited until the last sentence of the last paragraph to explain why the President made a public point of not getting the H1N1 shot: because it's scarce, and only those in the designated high-risk groups should be getting it now.

With health reporting like this, it's a wonder we're all not dead.

Posted by: DupontJay | October 20, 2009 9:24 PM

I couldn't care less about this idiot's health, simply put.

Posted by: nosam32 | October 20, 2009 9:12 PM

In the meantime, his inept Health Care regime, headed by Kathleen Sebelius, the cough-into-sleever, which promised 120 million doses, then 45 million, then 40 million, now less than 30 million, apparently cannot innoculate black children in Northern Virginia, because Barack can't be accepting awards, playing basketball, pushing Chicago real estate deals and keeping tabs on Kathleen Sebelius all at the same time. I don't know how he is going to monitor all the colonoscopies, there just won't be enough hours in the day. He will have to ration them.

Posted by: chatard | October 20, 2009 8:32 PM

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