The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Health and Fitness

February 21, 2013

Flu season taxes Virginia lawmakers as doctor-legislators aid both sides of aisle

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Because legislators and their staffs are often pressed for time and many hours from their regular doctors, the General Assembly provides a free clinic in their office building during session. Many make use of the clinic when they're not turning to doctor-legislators — all of them "Doc" to House and Senate colleagues — for care.

State Del. Christopher Stolle, R-Virginia Beach, an obstetrician-gynecologist, showed up at the clinic early in the session and talked staff there into giving him antibiotics to keep his runny nose to the legislative grindstone.

"I was sick the first week here," he said. "And I went down there and said, 'I know this is viral, but I've got to be able to talk.' "

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