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Mandatory Flu Vaccines- How do you feel? - page 3

Anyone else upset by the requirement to take flu vaccine or else... not even a mask option??? Only way out is a MD note stating "severe" allergy. Why is it we can't force our patients but our... Read More

  1. Visit  Anna Flaxis profile page
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  2. Visit  Asystole RN profile page
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    Two of the letters are in opposition to the Feds mandating flu vaccines and the other opposes the flu vaccine AND requirement for masks.

    Since we are discussing the right of employers mandating the vaccine, none of those addresses the current topic.
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  3. Visit  hiddencatRN profile page
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    Your OP raises questions about flu vaccine safety because there are no studies refuting any link between flu vaccines in pregnant women and egg allergies in children, and you question safety if the vaccine because it's OK for a fetus but not newborn baby.....but you're OK getting the vaccine and this is about employee rights?

    OK...
  4. Visit  Alicat1451 profile page
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    Quote from Jory
    I actually do have lots of employment opportunities because of my training.

    I am one of those people that gets horribly ill about a week after the flu vaccine. Yes, I know you don't get the flu from the vaccine but it does SOMETHING to where I am horribly ill with 100% accuracy with a very high fever that knocks me on my rear for a minimum of a week.

    One of the health nurses at my job came around and was high pressuring nurses to get the flu vaccine and I said, "I'll be happy to take the vaccine as long as they'll pay me if I get sick in a week to where I won't have to use my PTO time."

    That is why I don't take it....I actually don't mind the illness, it's getting screwed out of my pay when I get sick that I get upset over.
    I have to agree that the reaction seriously sucks. I had my first reaction to the flu shot about 2 years ago, and it was almost exactly 1 week after the shot. I had a really high fever but absolutely no other symptoms. So I felt like crap but that was pretty much it. It happened again last year almost exactly a week after as well. I'm in my first semester of a direct entry program, and I just got the vaccine on Friday. Can't wait for a week from now!
  5. Visit  RNperdiem profile page
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    How would you feel if you knew that an unvaccinated tech got the flu and before she got really sick, handled many babies in the NICU for their x-rays? What if your baby was there?
  6. Visit  Jory profile page
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    Quote from cdthorste
    it's probably mandatory because the hospital knows what a huge lawsuit could be waiting for them if something bad happens. if a nurse passes a flu virus onto an immunocompromised patient.....the lawyers would come after all of you with torches and pitchforks. one quick injection is a simple way to that sort of tragedy. a nurse saying "I just didn't feel like getting one" isn't going to cut it at the malpractice hearing.
    Nope, because if they have any visiting family members, they'll have to prove that they got it from the nurse and not someone else.

    You don't have to get the vaccine where I work but you cannot work if you are sick...we "push it through" in some departments, ie. Med-Surg, but if you are working with patients that have a compromised immune system, even the nurses don't try to push it through.

    I don't refuse the flu shot because I'm afraid of needles...I could care less about that. I have never been afraid of shots. I hate missing work when I get sick later. As much as we get called off on low-census, that can mean the difference between getting paid or not.


    So no, lawsuit won't happen. Court requires proof.
    Last edit by Jory on Oct 7, '12
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  7. Visit  Jory profile page
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    Quote from Asystole RN
    I would like to say though, I do think it is rather naive for a facility to mandate vaccine without a compromise. At my current employer we have the mask option, which is strictly enforced.
    Someone posted awhile back that their facility tried the mandatory mask option...and when so many patients and families were asking why so many workers were walking around with masks, they dropped it. It sent a bad image.
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  8. Visit  Jory profile page
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    Quote from RNperdiem
    How would you feel if you knew that an unvaccinated tech got the flu and before she got really sick, handled many babies in the NICU for their x-rays? What if your baby was there?
    Are you under the misguided impression that if you get the flu vaccine, you won't get the flu?

    Uh, doesn't work like that. This is the flaw with the flu shot. Officials make a prediction, about two years in advance, of what the three most common strains of the flu have been PREDICTED to hit.

    That doesn't sound like an exact science to me.
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    Error.
  10. Visit  xoemmylouox profile page
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    Quote from Jory
    Nope, because if they have any visiting family members, they'll have to prove that they got it from the nurse and not someone else.

    You don't have to get the vaccine where I work but you cannot work if you are sick...we "push it through" in some departments, ie. Med-Surg, but if you are working with patients that have a compromised immune system, even the nurses don't try to push it through.

    I don't refuse the flu shot because I'm afraid of needles...I could care less about that. I have never been afraid of shots. I hate missing work when I get sick later. As much as we get called off on low-census, that can mean the difference between getting paid or not.


    So no, lawsuit won't happen. Court requires proof.
    If you really believe this you are being naive. Patients have sued for less,
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  11. Visit  whichone'spink profile page
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    I have taken the flu shot before, unwillingly. I don't know what toxins are going into my body, as vaccine companies and the FDA are not honest about the additives in the vaccines. Every year I wonder if I am going to die of Guillane-Barre. And every year, inevitably, I still get sick with flu-like symptoms. I am very disturbed by one comment by a young nurse about older nurses "whining" about getting the flu shot. Maybe it's all the preservatives in vaccines that have f-ed up the brains of people born after 1985 that makes young people conformists. This I say as a person born after 1985.
    damegarbo, Frink, LogCabinMom, and 3 others like this.
  12. Visit  NRSKarenRN profile page
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    Moved to the Pandemic Flu forum
  13. Visit  imjustme123 profile page
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    I just left nursing school over this issue. I made sure I was able to sign off on the flu vaccine before starting. Now, after quitting my job and starting school it has been MANDATED we MUST get the shot or we can't go to school. So, after being given no leeway in school, I quit. I think it is becoming a national tragedy. I didn't know this was such a huge issue. I realize I do not want to have to fight this all the time just to be a nurse.
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