I'm having an issue w/patient education concerning the need for flu shots. I'm constantly being told that flu shots are "the devil." "I still get the flu even when I get them." "I've NEVER had the flu and I've NEVER had a shot!"
I've explained all of the proven data concerning epidemiology, the disease process (which many, many people are very uneducated about), the immune response and the purpose and action of vaccinations... etc.
To no avail.
Frankly, I'm getting irritated with so many people who refuse to be responsible for their community. YES hand washing is critical and the number 1 way to prevent disease. But the vaccines are equally as critical. I've even shared a brief history of polio and asked questions to provoke thought as far as why our population no longer has to deal with the debilitating effects of that disease.
You can't change people, I respect that. But I'm wondering why I'm seeing SO MANY PEOPLE who absolutely refuse to accept the medical truths associated with vaccines. What am I doing wrong?
Nothing. But realize some individuals have had a bad experience. I worked in a Pedi office years ago.
We were encourage to get the flu shot. And all of the staff did. Many of the nurses (myself included) and
the business staff felt ill for many months after. We all had complaints which were common. We caught more fevers and illness as well.
Our MD notified the CDC.
I have since received the flu shot with no issue, clueless as to why that batch years ago caused problems.
But it was a scary experience.
Last edit by jahra on Dec 22, '10