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Emergency room doctor Larry Kobriger is given a FluMist vaccine by St. Joseph's Area Health Services nurse Carol Stoll Thursday morning. He's considered a "front line" health care provider. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Medical staff begins receiving FluMist vaccine

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Nurses at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids began administering doses of the H1N1 FluMist vaccine to their fellow employees on the front lines of patient care Thursday morning.

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"We're offering it; we're encouraging it," said community health director Chris Broeker. But the hospital has not mandated that employees likely to have face-to-face contact with flu-infected patients get the vaccine as a preventative measure.

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