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Health officials check Santa off list

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ST. PAUL -- Santa Claus sometimes must say "no" to a naughty child, but now health officials are saying "no" to him.

Two organizations representing department store Santas nationally asked that their members be vaccinated against H1N1 swine flu now because snotty-nosed, and possibly sick, kids breathe on them all day. But Kristen Ehresmann of the Minnesota Health Department said that is not going to happen.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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