Forced Flu Shots

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    Georgetown Hospital in DC has forced flu shots. I am a travel nurse and have went through signing my contract and submitting my paperwork just to find out that if I don't have a flu shot I can't go to the facility. Normally I would say- ok, no big deal I'll get the shot but, I am allergic to the shot and eggs. Despite that info and the offer to provide the facility a note from my doctor they continue to refuse to allow me to come to the facility. Is this not discrimination? How can they do this and get away with it? Please help!
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    If you are allergic to the flu shot and it's components then they shouldn't force you to get it. I know at my hospital that if you don't get the flu shot you have to wear a mask during your shift (which sucks). They definitely can't force you, especially if you have a doctors note.
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    Look this is a huge bummer but be very careful with words like discriminatory. 36,000 die from influenza each year. No one is saying you can't work because of your race, religion, or creed. They are saying you could be potentially dangerous. Try to look at it though that lense for a bit to find understanding from their position and then perhaps try to meet in the middle. I know some hospitals allow nurses to opt out if they use N95 respirators.

    Best of luck.
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    That doesn't make sense. My hospital requires flu shots, but I know people who are allergic to the things that you are who were exempted from the requirement.
    cherryames1949 and MassED like this.
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    Quote from DuluthMike
    Look this is a huge bummer but be very careful with words like discriminatory. 36,000 die from influenza each year. No one is saying you can't work because of your race, religion, or creed. They are saying you could be potentially dangerous. Try to look at it though that lense for a bit to find understanding from their position and then perhaps try to meet in the middle. I know some hospitals allow nurses to opt out if they use N95 respirators.

    Best of luck.
    I use N95 even with having the flu shot....
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    If it is a medical concern, I think you are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you put it to them that way, they may feel compelled to make a reasonable accommodation (mask).
    Leelee2 likes this.
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    may i suggest the blue smurf suit as used in our biowarfare research facilities.

    is there a super flu i dont know about
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    Quote from UserG
    If it is a medical concern, I think you are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you put it to them that way, they may feel compelled to make a reasonable accommodation (mask).
    I doubt that the ADA would consider an egg allergy to be a disability.
    Virgo_RN likes this.
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    I think because you are a travel nurse you will not have the usual protections if they have decided to have a zero tolerance stance.

    It would be interesting what theiy would do in the case of a regular staff nurse and if they would be protected from this under any of the labor laws that exist.
    cherryames1949 likes this.
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    Quote from CrunchRN
    I think because you are a travel nurse you will not have the usual protections if they have decided to have a zero tolerance stance.

    It would be interesting what theiy would do in the case of a regular staff nurse and if they would be protected from this under any of the labor laws that exist.
    I doubt it. Employers are allowed to have conditions of employment.
    CuriousMe and cherryames1949 like this.


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