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FLU THREAT PROMPTS REQUEST FROM BISHOP

You can pray you won't get the flu, but Vermont's Catholic bishop is urging other steps as well.

Bishop Kenneth Angell has urged worshippers of the state's largest religion to abstain from the Mass customs of sharing a chalice of wine and shaking hands for the next six months.

Angell made the request, believed to be the only one like it in the country, in a notice to the state's 130 Catholic parishes.

The nation is facing a shortage of flu vaccine because about half of this year's supply was found to be contaminated with bacteria.

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