Why I Refuse Flu Shot
- 0Mar 16, '13 by Steve123Some nurses believe that it is nurses' moral obligation to get a flu shot to show community an example to do what is right. And that is exactly the reason why I always refuse a flu shot - to be an example.
- 7Mar 16, '13 by MunoRNQuote from Steve123An example of what?Some nurses believe that it is nurses' moral obligation to get a flu shot to show community an example to do what is right. And that is exactly the reason why I always refuse a flu shot - to be an example.
- 4Mar 16, '13 by macawakeI actually don't know a single nurse who gets the influenza vaccine to be an example to the community.
They do it to protect themselves and their patients.
What's the rationale for not getting the vaccine and how does it help the public and more specifically your immunocompromised patients?
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- 1Mar 16, '13 by ckh23Quote from Steve123Do you believe vaccines cause autism? Do any of your posts involve not complaining about something?Some nurses believe that it is nurses' moral obligation to get a flu shot to show community an example to do what is right. And that is exactly the reason why I always refuse a flu shot - to be an example.
- 1Mar 17, '13 by BSNbeDONE, BSN, RNQuote from Steve123I've based my decision on what I've seen with my own eyes. Once again, I will say: each year AFTER getting vaccinated, my dad and brother (both military) get the flu. And each year WITHOUT being vaccinated, neither I nor my grown kids (civilians making our OWN decisions) remain flu-free.
I'm not saying do as I do and I'm definitely not saying do as 'they' do. I'm just sayin........
So, deductive reason says I'm with Steve123 on this one since this has been my experience since I started paying attention to this vaccine in my family since 1988...been nursing since 1986. So as I'm holding flu-effectiveness literature in one hand and holding a box of Kleenex for my dad in the other hand, that's all the proof I needs. What's funny is that in between coughs and sneezes, he still tries to persuade me to take the darn shot.
But I love you guys, still!!
- 1Mar 17, '13 by AlisonisayoshiMy view (I'm a student not a nurse): Years ago I refused the flu shot. Vaccine objections, that was my reasoning. I am a T1 diabetic. In 2004 I got the flu, then I got pneumonia, then I went into DKA. I get the shot now. It can kill you, the flu. I have never had the flu since I started regularly vaccinating. That's proof enough for me!
- 4Mar 17, '13 by SadalaAnecdotal evidence for or against the flu shot is just that - anecdotal. As in, not scientific. We get flu shots (and other immunizations) because scientific data backs up the conclusion that it raises overall herd immunity and decreases the prevalence of disease.
And ultimately, we are trying to protect the populations with whom we work, as well as ourselves and our own families.
(Plus, more and more people won't hire us without one)
- 0Mar 20, '13 by Steve123I also do not know any nurses personally who get flu jab to be en example. But from time to time you can read on nursing forums something like that. Here is a quote from other forum, "As healthcare workers, we waive our right to self determination. We must remember our profession isn't the same as a banker, or a policeman. As responsible health-workers, we are regarded as promoters of health and well being. How could you promote health if you yourself doubt it? Roll up your sleeves and get a prick!" I think that the author of this is well brainwashed.
- 0Mar 20, '13 by pmabrahamGood day:
9% effective rate... can it be just a money game?
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