Mandatory Flu Vaccines- How do you feel? - page 4

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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 hospitals can force us. I am... Read More


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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?
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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.
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    Moved to the Pandemic Flu forum
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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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    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?
    Or if perhaps a vaccinated tech handled them. They get the flu too. Maybe everybody should wear masks all the time.
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