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Did President Donald Trump Get the Flu Shot?

Did President Donald Trump Get the Flu Shot?
From TIME - January 10, 2018

Health experts are predicting an especially nasty influenza season: cases are picking up early, and the flu season in Australiawhich tends to be a harbinger of the U.S.sis reporting substantially more cases than last year. Though this years vaccine may not be as effective as in prior years, public health experts remain adamant about its importance, both in preventing infection and protecting people who cannot get the shot, including infants, the elderly and people who are immune compromised.

That advice is often heeded publicly by public officials and U.S. presidents, especially when there are severe influenza strains. Former Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Tom Price was photographed receiving his flu shot in September. In 2009, former President Barack Obama released a photo getting his H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine. President Gerald Ford got his swine flu vaccine back in 1976 on television. Plenty of governors and senators also release photos of their influenza vaccinations. In 2010, Obama officially declared Dec. 5-11 as National Influenza Vaccination Week. I encourage Americans to get vaccinated this week if they have not yet done so, and to urge their families, friends, and co workers to do the same, he wrote.

So has President Donald Trump? That remains unclear. Multiple requests to the White House about the Presidents inoculation status went unanswered.

In 2015, during an interview on the former Opie & Jim Norton radio show, Trump was asked if he gets the flu shot every year, and said no:

The President is scheduled for a physical exam on Jan. 12th. The results of the exam will be made public and could include whether or not he got the flu vaccine. (In 2016, for instance, President Obamas medical report stated that routine vaccinations, to include seasonal influenza, all up to date.) President Trump has no legal obligation to get a flu vaccine or make public whether or not he has received one.

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