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Aiona pushes flu shots for others

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:30 p.m. HST, Oct 21, 2010

Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona has urged the public to get flu shots, but he says he has never been vaccinated himself.

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Aiona, the state's Republican candidate for governor, told KITV that he is "not convinced that vaccines are more beneficial than harmful."

Aiona promoted a school flu shot program during an August news conference in which he said for those people "who are like me and are sissies," the vaccination is available in the form of a nasal mist.

Dr. Sarah Park of the state's Disease Outbreak Control Division says everyone should get flu shots even if they are healthy.

Both the Democratic nominee for governor, Neil Abercrombie, and Republican Gov. Linda Lingle's office said they get flu shots annually.

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