Quote from JessicRN
Does anyone know if you can be held responsible if you refuse the H1N1 or flu vaccine at your hospital and you get either the flu or H1N1 . Our hospital is making people sign if they refuse the vaccines they say it is a DPH law. The problem is they are also making threats to those who do not want the vaccine that they can be penalized.
Continue working there only if you want to continue being lied to, or it's the only place in town to work!
No Departrment of Health would ever penalize someone who became ill and stayed home. That's their recommendation - to stay home if you become ill with s/s of flu. The vaccine doesn't confer 100% immunity, so you could still get it even though you had the vaccine - then who's fault is it?
When Hepatitis B vaccine became available, many people wanted others to take it first; and hospitals didn't want the responsibility of occupational exposures to it, so even now signatures are required when you take a new job, if you refuse the vaccine there. Just put "had it elsewhere" (if that's true) before your signature.
However, I do recommend that you have the vaccine, for your sake and the health of others exposed to you.