Is your Facility 'forcing' you to get the Flu Vaccine? - page 4

My company have a new policy that if you do not want to receive the flu vaccine this year by end November, then you have to wear a mask within 6 feet of all patients. So they are not saying you... Read More

  1. by   Ruby Vee
    My hospital mandates the flu shot this year. If you don't have it by a certain date, you get a week's unpaid administrative leave to consider your options. If, at the end of the week, you haven't gotten your flu shot, it's considered your resignation.

    I'd get the flu shot anyway. I got it as soon as I went back to work.
  2. by   SweettartRN
    Last I checked, upon receiving any medical procedure, including a vaccination, this means that I am now a patient, not an employee, and under the Patient's Bill of Rights, I have the right to refuse a medical procedure that I do not want, and it is none of my employer's business whether I have had the medical procedure or not.
  3. by   Bortaz, RN
    How is it bullying when you have more than one option?

    Option 1: Take the shot and keep your job, mask-free.
    Option 2: Refuse, and wear a mask.
    Option 3: Refuse, and move on down the street.
    Option 4: Work in an environment that doesn't require the shot.

    How many more options do whiners need before they're happy?
  4. by   OnlybyHisgraceRN
    I'm not allergic nor do I have any medical or religious contraindications to the flu shot. Do I like to be forced to have it? No. Do I want to keep my job? Yes.
    I pick and choose my battles. I get the flu shot every year so its' not a big deal for me.
  5. by   chevyv
    The facility where I work just initiated a new policy..... get the vaccine or be terminated. I get it every year so for me, no biggie. I hate it when the flu presents its ugly head on my unit. Caring for all those sick makes for a very long shift. Last year we were quarantined for 2wks!! We all drove each other nuts. Fights were breaking out daily.
  6. by   kvinnaRN
    My employer requires you to simply sign a refusal form that states you understand the risks of refusing the flu vaccine.
    I do not believe it is right for employers to "punish" their nurses who choose not to receive the vaccine. I know people that personally do not believe in vaccines period and/or have become very sick after receiving past flu vaccines and do not want to take such a risk again. I only receive the flu vaccine because I have asthma that flares up in the cold months.
  7. by   Bortaz, RN
    The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot.
  8. by   VICEDRN
    My facility offers the choice between vaccine and mask. We have 19 people wearing masks last year out of thousands of employees. Our aids patients believe in them and this impresses the heck out of me since they are very picky about their care so I follow their lead and happily get the shot.
  9. by   Brightfuture4us
    You are incorrect...there IS research showing negative effects including those I have mentioned. Your statement of "stop whining and get the shot" is in my opinion offensive. Whining and believing that no one has a right to tell you what to do with your body are NOT the same. As far as evidence based medicine...seriously? You cannot always TRUST medicine. Look how many meds get recalled or pulled off the market. Some of us sit on the holistic side of care and there is nothing wrong with that. It is just different from what you believe.
  10. by   kvinnaRN
    Brightfuture4us, you are absolutely right in saying we cannot always trust medicine. An excellent example of this is the contamination of those steroid injections with meningitis!
  11. by   kvinnaRN
    Bortaz, RN - Yes, I know, and I agree. However, people (I personally know) may experience side effects and/or pick up a strain of the virus that was not included in the vaccine (which CDC - Seasonal Influenza (Flu) - Q & A: Seasonal Flu Shot further explains).
  12. by   Brightfuture4us our society sometimes MONEY trumps actual NEED or SAFETY. You are SO right when you bring up this outbreak! I was actually thinking of it as well. My other question is if the patients are at such high risk for dying from the flu...why were they not vaccinated against it? Are family members and friends who come to visit patients being required to show proof of vaccination or even asked to wash their hands upon entering and leaving the facility? Sometimes we have to trust our gut in spite of a belief that something is harmless. Asbestos, lead, mercury, agent orange...all examples of things once thought to be safe. Pharmaceuticals are big big business. Scare tactics drive their profits up. I was listening to a homeopath who lectured about vaccines. She explained that there was a lot of H1N1 left that they then used as a base for the next years flu shot. I wish I could remember her name she offered an interesting insight on this topic. I realize that my school of thought differs from mainstream...but that is ok.
  13. by   OlderRNinGA
    Get the flu shot! There are bigger battles we need to fight.