Would You Accept Swine Flu Vaccine?
- 0Jul 30, '09 by pagandeva2000My facility had a town hall meeting and announced that this year, it will be mandatory for all direct care staff to get the flu shot, and that they expect the swine flu vaccine to be ready this year, around October, and that we would be mandated to take that as well to protect the patients we care for. I am not very comfortable being mandated to take anything...this would be a brand new vaccine. Why should I be the guinea pig? Thoughts?
Poll: Would You Take the Swine Flu Vaccine?
- 3Jul 30, '09 by cardiacRN2006I'd take just about any vaccine. But if I was told I had to, then there'd be a problem.
I remember when there was going to be smallpox vax at my hospital. I volunteered. After doing some reasearch, I declined.
Seems llike they are taking that part away from you, the doing the research part.
This is your body. They can mandated that you get it, but they also must provide a declination form, just like with Hep B.
They are asking for trouble by forcing this on you.
- 1Jul 30, '09 by J9G2008I am not getting it, but I know that lots of people will. I am not a huge proponent of vaccines beyond the basic childhood variety (and, of course, the ones I have to get for healthcare work). I also have some issues with thimerosol being used in the vaccine.
- 2Jul 30, '09 by CrunchRNI will get the seasonal flu shot. At this time I will not plan on the swine flu one because I am not in a high risk category and I am in research and deal with healthy subjects. I would rather wait for now as it is being rushed and iw as an ICU clerk during the whole GB thing last time.
If I was in a high risk category, worked with patients that were at risk, or mandated, I would really have a much harder decision to make.
- 3Jul 30, '09 by swirlythingI am very happy to get the vaccine. Not only do I care for an at-risk population, but my daughter has asthma and has been hospitalized twice with flu-related complications in the past.
I agree, however, with the previous poster that I would not be happy with a mandate to get it. My body is the one thing in this world that is MINE... and nobody has the right to force me to put things in it.
- 1Jul 30, '09 by rph3664I'm also old enough to remember the Guillain-Barre thing (12, yes, but I did know about it!) and I will not take it unless it's mandatory, which I just don't see happening.
I do take a regular flu shot every year because it's free for employees where I work.
- 2Jul 30, '09 by Cindy-sanQuote from pagandeva2000Mandated to get a vaccine? Isn't that against our rights?My facility had a town hall meeting and announced that this year, it will be mandatory for all direct care staff to get the flu shot, and that they expect the swine flu vaccine to be ready this year, around October, and that we would be mandated to take that as well to protect the patients we care for. I am not very comfortable being mandated to take anything...this would be a brand new vaccine. Why should I be the guinea pig? Thoughts?
- 1Jul 30, '09 by DeepFriedRNWe have been mandated for the past two years at my hospital for the seasonal flu, unless you have a documented allergy. Probably since I have asthma and therefore would get it anyway, I'm OK with that. Just means I get it for free..
I would take the swine flu vaccine as well. If I wasn't personally high risk, or at least working with high risk pts, I might feel differently. It's easy to be OK with a mandate when it's something you'd do anyway.