Mayor Wheeler received an injection of the influenza vaccine at City Hall on Friday, Oct. 12.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Mayor Ted Wheeler receives his annual flu shot from nurse practioner Joel Michels on Friday, Oct. 12 at Portland City Hall.Mayor Ted Wheeler displayed his enthusiasm for public health — and a bare forearm — while receiving his flu shot during a brief immunization ceremony at City Hall on Friday, Oct. 12.

"It's very important. We all know that getting a flu shot reduces the likelihood that you'll actually get the flu," Wheeler said afterward. "It's not only good for you, but it's good for your family, it's good for the people you associate with and coworkers."

Just like everyone else, Wheeler first signed a consent form affirming that he is not currently sick, has never had a bad reaction to a flu shot, is not nursing or pregnant and does not have an allergy to chickens or eggs.

Then the city's occupational health and well-being manager, Joel Michels, administered the lightning-fast poke in the arm inside the Lovejoy Room at City Hall. The registered nurse applied a bandaid to finish the job.

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - The mayor's spokeswoman, Sophia June, prepares for a flu shot at Portland City Hall on Friday, Oct. 12.Other city staffers soon followed Wheeler's example. A permanent flu shot station was set up on the third floor for all City Hall employees.

Wheeler's zeal for modeling upright civic behavior is well known. The mayor takes a dip in the Willamette River annually to encourage public use of the waterway, and also participates in trash pick-ups around the city.

Last month, he urged citizens to get out and stretch their legs more often. The influenza vaccine is something he signs up for each year.

"It's easy to do, and it doesn't hurt at all," he said. "It was harder to roll up my sleeve than it was to get the shot."

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