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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's first lady has launched a campaign to get residents vaccinated against influenza, with a goal of immunizing more than three-quarters of the state's population.
Stephanie Chafee, a nurse and the wife of Gov. Lincoln Chafee, said Tuesday she hopes 800,000 people get a flu shot this year.
State Health Department Director Michael Fine said about 500,000 people were immunized last year, an increase of 7 percent to 8 percent from the year before.
Both stressed the public health benefits of receiving the vaccine and urged people to get it from their doctors, at free clinics or at pharmacies.
Fine said there were over 800 hospitalizations for influenza in Rhode island last year.
Chafee vaccinated the health director and others at the Statehouse at an event launching the campaign.