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An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that Treasury Secretary John W. Snow is 71. He is 65. Also, Energy Secretary Spencer An Oct. 21 article about flu shots for federal officials incorrectly said that Treasury Secretary John W. Snow is 71. He is 65. Also, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham should have been included among the Cabinet secretaries who are choosing not to receive flu shots this year.
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Congress, Agencies Rethink Flu Shots

"Once again, the Bush administration proves that it is the 'do as we say, not as we do' White House," Phil Singer, a Kerry campaign spokesman, said in a statement.

Cheney is 63 and has had four heart attacks. Snow is 65 and received the shot from his private physician, a Treasury spokeswoman said.

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Federal Flu Shots
A Regional Scorecard

Received flu shots:

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), age 68

Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), 77

Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-Md.), 78

Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), 61

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), 58

Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.), 65

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), 67

Did not get shots:

Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), 52

Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D-Md.), 71

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), 58

Rep. Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.), 41

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), 53

Rep. Thomas M. DavisIII (R-Va.), 55

Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest (R-Md.), 58

Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte (R-Va.), 52

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), 65

Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.), 59

Rep. Robert C."Bobby" Scott (D-Va.), 57

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), 45

Rep. Albert R. Wynn (D-Md.), 53

Shadow Del. Ray Browne (D-D.C.), 65

Not responding:

Rep. Jo Ann S. Davis (R-Va.), 54

Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), 52

Rep. Virgil H. GoodeJr. (R-Va.), 58

Rep. Edward L. Schrock (R-Va.), 63

-- Eric M. Weiss

_____Flu News_____
Capitol Gives District 3,000 Flu Shots (Associated Press, Oct 22, 2004)
Md. Manufacturer to Produce Additional FluMist Doses (Associated Press, Oct 22, 2004)
MedImmune to Produce Additional Flu Vaccine (The Washington Post, Oct 22, 2004)
Flu Special Report

Some local members of Congress were on the defensive yesterday about accepting the free flu shots on Capitol Hill. Reps. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.), 65, and Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), 61, said they received flu shots before they knew there was a shortage.

Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), 77, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.), 68, and Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-Md.), 78, fell into the high-risk category and received shots, though Bartlett's office said the congressman did not really want one.

"He happened to be in the physician's office, and they said, 'Oh, we have flu vaccine. Why don't you get a shot?' " Bartlett spokeswoman Lisa Wright said. "Because he was there, and it was the avenue of less resistance, he got it."

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), 58, received a vaccination because he has asthma. "There is no preferential treatment here," spokeswoman Heather Molino said.

Among those who did not get a shot are Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), 52, and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), 53. Reps. Jo Ann S. Davis, Edward L. Schrock, J. Randy Forbes and Virgil H. Goode Jr., all Virginia Republicans, did not respond to inquiries about whether they received a flu shot.

"We've got vulnerable people who are susceptible to being greatly harmed if they should get the flu," Cummings said. "We as leaders need to make sure that we see that the most vulnerable are taken care of first."

Faced with the vaccine shortage, federal agencies are scaling back flu-shot programs for their employees this fall. Most Cabinet departments contacted by The Washington Post this week said they will limit employee vaccinations to members of high-risk groups identified by the CDC.

Agencies that plan to limit flu shots to employees in high-risk groups include the departments of Education; Energy; Health and Human Services; Homeland Security; Housing and Urban Development; Interior; Justice; State; Treasury; Veterans Affairs; and the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management. Some, including Education and OPM, say they have not received the vaccine they ordered and are not sure whether they will. The Defense Department is offering flu shots to selected employees and deployed military personnel.

At the departments of Agriculture and Transportation, officials have decided against offering any flu shots at all this year.

Most Cabinet secretaries have decided not to get flu shots this year, according to their agencies. They include HHS chief Tommy G. Thompson, Ann M. Veneman of Agriculture, Alphonso Jackson of HUD, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Norman Y. Mineta of DOT, Attorney General John D. Ashcroft, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Anthony J. Principi of the VA, Spencer Abraham of Energy and Gale A. Norton of Interior. OPM Director Kay Coles James and OMB director Joshua B. Bolten also are skipping the shots.

In addition to Snow, Education Department chief Roderick R. Paige, 71, received a flu shot.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Commerce did not respond to The Post's inquiries. A Labor Department spokeswoman said she will not have information about vaccinations there until today.

Staff writers Helen Dewar, Amit Paley, Charles Babington and Al Kamen contributed to this report.


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