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Free flu shots for people with M.S.

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Cedar Rapids, IA, Oct. 14, 2008 - Continuing a service it has provided for decades, the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) again is offering flu shots to people who have any of the more than 40 diseases it covers.  To assist individuals in obtaining vaccinations this flu season, the Association teamed up with Walgreens to offer shots at thousands of Walgreens locations across the country through a voucher program.

Muscular dystrophy and related muscle wasting diseases, especially those that progress in severity, can damage muscles involved with breathing. Catching the flu is particularly hazardous for those with muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease).

Valerie Cwik, MDA Senior Vice President and Medical Director, said, "Both adults and children with these diseases may already have weakened respiratory systems. MDA provides flu shots to reduce their likelihood of catching yet another possibly life-threatening illness."

MDA has two clinics in Iowa where shots may also be obtained, including the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Individuals can also find their nearest Walgreens flu clinic location by visiting or calling 800-FLU-9950 (800-358-9950). 

For information about obtaining a flu shot or securing a flu shot voucher, call the MDA office in Cedar Rapids, IA at (319) 393-8905 or visit MDA's Web site at

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 40 diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services, advocacy and far-reaching professional and public health education.

The Association's programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors.

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