Mandatory Flu Vaccines- How do you feel? - page 5

by Snowbird17 26,182 Views | 206 Comments

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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    The vaccine is a condition of my employment.
    What I want doesn't seen to matter.
    Last edit by imintrouble on Oct 7, '12
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    I just find it ironic that my workplace trusts my judgment when it comes to my patients' healthcare. They don't trust my judgment when it comes to my own healthcare.
    But such is life.
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    I have voluntarily received a flu shot every year for the past 16 yrs, since I became a nurse. I am scheduled to receive this year's vaccination next week at work. I have not had the flu since I was a child. I have not worked in a hospital in 3 1/2 yrs and just as I was leaving my last hospital job they were requiring the flu shot for all employees. Needless to say, it was controversial. At the time, they gave employees the option of wearing a mask all day and I never did get to see how that all went down. I think it's ridiculous for nurses and doctors to wears masks for entire shifts. How startling that must be for the patients. I hope they decided against that option.

    Yes, the potential exposure to compromised patients is an important issue, but in my opinion, it has as much to do with the staff who do not get the flu shot and then miss 2 weeks of work every winter because they and their whole family get the flu. Then they spread it to the employees who absolutely cannot receive the vaccination. Oddly, I don't ever remember anyone missing work because of the flu vaccine.

    A typical exchange between myself and a fellow nurse at hospital around flu shot time every stinking year:

    Me- "You better get your flu shot. If you don't, you're going to get sick and miss 2 weeks of work. That's not fair to the rest of us who have to work."
    Them- "I can't take the flu shot! Every time I do, it makes me siiiiicckkkkk!"
    Me- "You're crazy. It does not make you sick. Stop saying that, you're a nurse. Get the *&%$ shot."
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    the ONLY reason it bothers me is that it's mandated. Not that its the flu shot (which my job does inforce) but I do not like when a employer steps into personal descions and forces as a do it or be fired issue. It worries me that its becoming okay to become intrusive into a employee's personal life because when does it stop.
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    Quote from xoemmylouox
    If you really believe this you are being naive. Patients have sued for less,
    Find me a single lawsuit that was WON where the patient actually collected to where they were able to trace back an infection of a common, everyone-has-it illness to a single NURSE. You'll be hard pressed to Google one that was even filed.
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    Quote from JMBnurse

    Me- "You better get your flu shot. If you don't, you're going to get sick and miss 2 weeks of work. That's not fair to the rest of us who have to work."
    Them- "I can't take the flu shot! Every time I do, it makes me siiiiicckkkkk!"
    Me- "You're crazy. It does not make you sick. Stop saying that, you're a nurse. Get the *&%$ shot."
    There is a difference between people believing you get the flu from the vaccine (false) to getting sick shortly after they get the vaccine (true). While many people do not, there are some of us that do.

    When I was younger, I took the vaccine every year and then I stopped because as I got older, instead of missing classes, I was missing work and income. I never took the flu shot until the week after exams so I could get rid of my illness by the time Christmas came around.

    It always hit 6 to 7 days after the shot and that's pretty bad when you can literally, mark it on a calender.

    The absentee rate at our hospital always mysteriously goes up, about a week after a "flu shot fair"..per a representative in HR.
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    Quote from Snowbird17

    I read through a couple of your other posts to get a feel for the meaning behind your response. This is a quote from a previous post from you...."Hooray for socialized medicine! I love it how government can dictate how we use our bodies. " Glad we draw the line at government but for-profits do what you will to me. I have rights, just not as many as the patients I care for. FYI- in some states this is mandated by the department of health. That is a government agency.....
    I do enjoy a good post stalking. "In 127 AllNurses 5th 474 (2010), you stated...." LOL
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    Quote from ckh23
    Every flu season it's the same thread.


    Yes you do have the right to refuse the vaccine, just as your employer will have the right to terminate you or suspend you until after flu season.
    My employer says they will "take you off the schedule." My response: "Promise?!"
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    I do like to be fully informed.
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    Quote from HippyDippyLPN
    the ONLY reason it bothers me is that it's mandated. Not that its the flu shot (which my job does inforce) but I do not like when a employer steps into personal descions and forces as a do it or be fired issue. It worries me that its becoming okay to become intrusive into a employee's personal life because when does it stop.
    It does not stop. Ever.

    If it were the government mandating that all citizens have the flu shot, then I might agree with you, but it's not. It's an employer and they have the right. I suppose they got tired of educated health professionals getting sick every year and costing them money, having to pay overtime to employees who got their flu shot while all the ones who didn't are home sick. As others have said, we had to get the HepB vaccine, too. I have to get a TB skin test every year and I don't even see patients anymore.

    I have to do things every day for my job and in my personal life that I would rather not do. Some of the things I don't want to do keep me from being homeless.
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