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An Indiana hospital has fired eight employees, including at least three veteran nurses, after they refused mandatory flu shots, stirring up controversy over which should come first: employee rights or patient safety. The hospital imposed mandatory vaccines, responding to rising concerns about the spread of influenza.
"This is my body. I have a right to refuse the flu vaccine," Hoover, 61, told ABCNews.com. "For 21 years, I have religiously not taken the flu vaccine, and now you're telling me that I believe in it."
Over the last several years, hospitals have been moving toward mandatory vaccinations because many only have 60 percent vaccination rates, Schaffner said. He is leading an effort for a similar mandate at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Nurses in particular tend to be the most reluctant to get vaccinated among health care workers, Schaffner said, citing his opinion.
"There seems to be a persistent myth that you can get flu from a flu vaccine among nurses," he said. "They subject themselves to more influenza by not being immunized, and they certainly do not participate in putting patient safety first."
And since flu victims become contagious before they start to feel sick, they can get patients sick even if they stay home when they have symptoms.
I personally believe subjecting yourself to germs and viruses strengthens your immune system. I never went to the doctor when I came down with the flu. I always grinned and bared it. I feel I fight off more germs and viruses because of it.
Originally posted by WeRpeons
reply to post by Klassified
I personally believe subjecting yourself to germs and viruses strengthens your immune system.
Nearly half of 50 hospital rooms tested by researchers were colonized or infected with a multidrug-resistant bacteria, a new study says.
University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers found Acinetobacter baumannii (MDR-AB) bacteria on multiple surfaces, including bedrails, supply carts and floors. This species of bacteria, which has caused infection outbreaks in health care facilities over the last decade, can survive on surfaces for long periods of time. MDR-AB infections mainly occur in patients who are very ill, wounded or have weakened immune systems.
They are forcing us to abide by dangling jobs in front of your face.
"They gotcha by the balls."
Originally posted by Cosmic911
What the story may not have included is that most employees who refuse the flu vaccine are given the option of wearing a mask in patient-care areas, in lieu of getting the vaccine. It may or may not have been the case. That's the recommendation by the CDC for health care workers who do not want the vaccine. It's reasonable.