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    Rams turn over their flu vaccine to health officials

    By Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    11/17/2004

    The Rams normally offer flu shots to their players every year, usually during the bye week. But because of the flu vaccine shortage, the team has decided to donate its allotment to the St. Louis County Department of Health.

    "We immunize as many people as we can every year - players and coaches and staff," team physician Bernard Garfinkel said. "But because of the flu shortage, the players and the staff elected not to get (shots) this year."

    News stories earlier this month in Chicago got the Rams thinking about the topic. A Lake County health department official criticized the Bears for offering flu shots to the team at a time when at-risk citizens in the area couldn't get shots because of the vaccine shortage.

    "So we're going to give it away, and I think it's a good thing to do," Garfinkel said.

    The Rams usually get about 100 doses of flu vaccine each year.

    "We're in our 20s, early 30s, most of us," quarterback Marc Bulger said. "We're lowest at risk. We're eating right and we're healthy. There's a lot of people that need it a lot more than we do. I think only a quarter of the guys, maybe half, use them anyway. So why waste them?"

    Bulger said he normally doesn't get a flu shot.

    But even though Rams players are at low risk medically, they're at high risk environmentally.

    "With these little meeting rooms, etc., they're all crowded upon each other," Garfinkel said.

    So frequently, when one player gets the flu or a cold, it can spread quickly among the team. On Wednesday, for example, running back Marshall Faulk was sent home with a virus. Safety Rich Coady needed an IV before Sunday's game with Seattle, and coach Mike Martz has been fighting flu-like symptoms for the past couple of weeks.

    "We've had that before," Martz said. "You usually get about a half a dozen guys suffering through that when it hits you. But there's a lot more important things than football in this world."

    And as Bulger points out, when an NFL player comes down with an ailment, he doesn't have to wait two days to get a doctor's appointment.

    "We have doctors and trainers here," Bulger said. "Everything's right here."


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    Re: Rams turn over their flu vaccine to health officials

    Well, that should help some St. Charles elderly people out.

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    Re: Rams turn over their flu vaccine to health officials

    Quote Originally Posted by txramsfan
    Well, that should help some St. Charles elderly people out.
    In the immortal words of a Klingon: "Today is a good day to die."

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    Re: Rams turn over their flu vaccine to health officials

    And the "Parody of Himself" award goes to...


    adarian too!

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