Is your Facility 'forcing' you to get the Flu Vaccine? - page 5
by madwife2002 11,770 Views | 74 Comments Senior Moderator
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 have to have the flu vaccine but... Read More
- 3Oct 14, '12 by SweettartRNLast 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.
- 1Oct 14, '12 by Bortaz, RNHow 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?
- 0Oct 14, '12 by chevyvThe 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.
- 0My 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.
- 0Oct 14, '12 by VICEDRNMy 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.
- 2Oct 14, '12 by Brightfuture4usYou 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.
- 0Bortaz, 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).