This may have already been talked about... so I apologize. I tried searching for a similar thread, but couldn't find one. I received my acceptance letter yesterday, with a date of June 1st to complete my health related requirements (i.e., vaccines, medical insurance, etc.). One of the requirements posted on the paperwork is the annual Influenza vaccine. I don't want the vaccine, and have no intention of getting it. I'm fully vaccinated for everything else, except Influenza. I won't start the whole mess of trying to explain my reasoning of not wanting the vaccine (it's a personal choice, and there's no need to start those arguments)... I just need to find out if anyone is in the same boat and if they successfully refused.
May 12, '12
by loriangel14 Guide
My school didn't require the flu shot to begin classes but our clinical sites did.No exceptions.One person tried to refuse but to no avail. She got the shot.
My employer doesn't make us get the shot but if you don't and there is an outbreak you can't work until it is over.
Last edit by loriangel14 on May 12, '12
For an employer, possibly.For nursing school, it prevent you from attending.
The issue has less to do with the school and much much more to do with clinical sites and experiences.
Most schools attend clinicals at several hospitals. The requirements vary greatly and students must fulfill all reasonable ones. As the hospital takes a great deal of risk to permit students there, most receive no recompense for having students, and students add significant work to staff, most sites feel justified in requiring students to meet their Health standards, and no reason to bend them.
Also some depts are more restrictive with requiring vaccines such as oncology, ICU, pediatrics or neonatal. As a student, you must receive training all areas or not pass. If your school cannot get a site that will accept you, adios nursing degree.
Some will allow DOCUMENTED allergy/health exceptions, a very few, religious exemptions.
If your lack of flu vaccination has to do with scientifically unsubstantiated theories, you may not be able to obtain exemption. With most schools pushing evidence based research, and many sue happy lawyers, few places will want to take the risk.
Last edit by caroladybelle on May 12, '12