I was listening to talk radio this week where they discussed a mandate in NY that all healthcare workers will be required to get the vaccines if they want to continue to work with patients. There were many that called in and said they felt it a violation of their rights. I'd like to explore both sides of the topic-we can have differing opinions and that is ok. What do you think?
I will be getting both by personal choice. I have already rec'd the seasonal and awaiting H1N1, which I have been told, will be free at our school.
I would get it even if I were not required. You have the choice to get a shot or not yes. But you do not have the right to be a healthcare professional/nurse.
A key principle of the nursing profession is to do no harm. If you refuse vaccination for H1N1, which as a healthcare worker you will probably come into contact with and contract without vaccination, you are putting your patients in harms way (who are probably immunocompromised already) .
It is especially quite embarrassing when I hear nurses on TV spreading this hysteria. They should be leading the charge.
No, H1N1 is not just the flu. The fatality rate is higher by a statistically significant level. 1 in 3 pregnant women that have contracted H1N1 have died since April. This virus is no AIDS but it shouldn't be taken lightly by any means.
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the morbity and mortality for H1N1 is no different from the seasonal flu. What that foxnews article fails to include (and others as well when such fatalities are reported) is whether those who died had predisposing conditions that may have contributed, such an an immunocompromised state, heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease etc. Pregnancy also puts you at risk for having complications from the flu, both seasonal and H1N1.
Otherwise healthy people are better apt at fighting this off.
What are the symptoms of swine flu in humans?
The symptoms of swine flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing.
Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
About 36,000 people in the U.S. die annually from seasonal influenza, and more than 200,000 are hospitalized, according to the CDC. (Read swine flu facts and myths
But in the U.S., where most swine flu cases are mild, "it's a situation where we should be cautious but not panicky," said Susan Rehm, medical director for the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
"From what we understand so far, the severity doesn't seem to be much different than what it is in regular seasonal influenza
How does 2009 H1N1 flu compare to seasonal flu in terms of its severity and infection rates?
With seasonal flu, we know that seasons vary in terms of timing, duration and severity. Seasonal influenza can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Each year, in the United States, on average 36,000 people die from flu-related complications and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related causes.
Of those hospitalized, 20,000 are children younger than 5 years old. Over 90% of deaths and about 60 percent of hospitalization occur in people older than 65.
In seasonal flu, certain people are at “high risk” of serious complications. This includes people 65 years and older, children younger than five years old, pregnant women, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions. About 70 percent of people who have been hospitalized with this 2009 H1N1 virus have had one or more medical conditions previously recognized as placing people at “high risk” of serious seasonal flu-related complications. This includes pregnancy, diabetes, heart disease, asthma and kidney disease.
its important to educate yourself before buying into the media's scare tactics.
Last edit by melmarie23 on Oct 2, '09