posted on Jan, 4 2013 @ 05:08 PM
Just ran across this article earlier today.
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."
Although I most certainly believe patient health trumps employee rights, I don't believe this is a patient health issue. If an employee has a cold or
flu, you tell them to stay home until they are over it. Forcing them to get a flu shot because it's good for hospital and big pharma PR, is
draconian, and unethical...imho.
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.
This is probably true. I know some medical professionals who will not get that shot!
"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."
A myth huh? Then why is it that I know several people, including medical professionals, who say the worst flu they ever had was after they received
this shot. As for the last part of that statement, Bollocks!!!
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
And this can't happen to people who have had the jab? Again. Bollocks!!!
I'm not buying into the PR campaign, nor the propaganda. As I said above. Flu shots are good for big pharma, so they would push for a huge turn on
their investment, no matter what the risks were.