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Obama Gets Swine Flu Shot

President Barack Obama finally got his swine flu shot. He and the First Lady, who also just got vaccinated, waited until now because they weren't in the high-priority groups for the vaccine.

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hide captionPresident Obama rolls up his sleeve and gets immunized against swine flu by an unnamed nurse on Sunday.

Pete Souza/White House
Obama gets swine flu shot.

President Obama rolls up his sleeve and gets immunized against swine flu by an unnamed nurse on Sunday.

Pete Souza/White House

In an interview with American Urban Radio Networks, the president said:

We wanted to make sure nationwide that children were getting it before adults did. And now there's enough vaccine so that adults should get it as well.

Last week, federal officials said 100 million doses of vaccine have been shipped by manufacturers. Across the country, public health authorities are now easing restrictions that reserved the shots for people at high risk, such as pregnant women and kids.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius got her swine flu shot a week ago, saying afterward, "We finally have enough vaccine that for most of you, it's your turn." Obama must have been listening.

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