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Athletes not to blame for vaccinations

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By: Hockey News
Nov 9, 2009
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Athletes not to blame for vaccinations

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By: Hockey News
Nov 9, 2009

Luca Mastronardi, Leamington, Ont.

The fact some athletes and their families got the H1N1 flu vaccine ahead of others is a shame, but you can't hold the players at fault. It was offered to them and they accepted the shot.

That being said I am getting sick and tired of hearing the reasoning they are in the "higher risk" category because of their travel schedule, sharing water bottles, dressing room atmosphere etc.

"Higher risk" does not pertain to those who have a greater potential chance to get the virus, but those who will have life-threatening complications if they get the virus. Pro athletes in general do not fall into that category.

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