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Las Vegas Casino Criticized for Giving Flu Shots to Employees

20 October 2004

NEVADA -- As reported by the Associated Press: "Southern Nevada's top health official criticized a casino company for distributing scarce flu shots to employees while other businesses donate vaccine supplies for those in high-risk groups.

"'We're not happy about it,' said Dr. Donald Kwalick, chief Clark County health officer. 'Other corporate players are being very, very good community members.'

"Mandalay Resort Group provided vaccinations last week to more than 500 employees at the Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay without regard to whether the employees were in high risk groups, officials said.

"'Although we found ourselves in a difficult situation, we feel Mandalay Bay handled this in a responsible manner, fulfilling our commitment to our working staff without negatively impacting the community,' the company said in a statement issued Monday.

"...Long lines have been reported at shot clinics held at pharmacies in southern Nevada and around the country..."

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