[quote=HeartsOpenWide;3884227]If we do not get our flu shots then we have to wear a mask for the ENTIRE FLU SEASON. but what is this going to make our patients think seeing their nurses wearing masks because they might have been exposed to the flu despite the flu vaccinations; especially in my department of labor and delivery,
I would not want you taking care of me if you wear a mask under those circumstances, but because I then know that you were not vaccinated. I work in a public health setting, and the CDC has hammered into our heads that health care workers will be on the front line of those spreading this virus. I had the shot and had no ill effects, not even the sore arm the seasonal shot gives you. The precautions being taken after exposure are too little too late, CDC says the most contageous period is the 24 hr period before you become symptomatic. I have been giving flu shots long enough to see the pattern. Make them mandantory and people will resist. Tell them there is a shortage and they can't have a shot, and they will line up around the block...... I respect your right not to get vaccinated, but you do have an ethical responsibility to do so if you are delivering direct patient care. Especially in labor and delivery. Luckily for your worksetting, most pregnant women are getting vaccinated to protect their babies.