Former New York State Senator Dies of the Flu Shot He Was Promoting

Do You Know What's in Your Vaccine?

By Jeffery C. Mays

…He had been ill for at least two weeks, but had been reluctant to visit a doctor, according to Chris Sosa, his director of communications. After much prodding he finally went for an exam recently, and he had a follow-up scheduled for December.

“It was like pulling teeth to get him to talk about not feeling well,” Mr. Sosa said. “He just thought he was having symptoms related to getting the flu shot.”

Mr. Peralta had still been serving his Queens constituents even after losing the primary, said Tom Musich, Mr. Peralta’s campaign spokesman. Mr. Peralta’s Twitter feed shows him giving out turkeys at his office and promoting flu shots.

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