Mandatory Flu Vaccines- How do you feel?

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    Anyone else upset by the requirement to take flu vaccine or else... not even a mask option??? Only way out is a MD note stating "severe" allergy. Why is it we can't force our patients but our hospitals can force us.

    I am pregnant and know I am high risk, but I took the vaccine in my last pregnancy and my son has an egg allergy. No proof linking, but no study not linking. I am so close to maternity leave and was going to wait until I delivered to be vaccinated. Do you know that they don't recommend the flu vaccine until a baby is 6 months but somehow it is safe for a near term "fetus"? Shouldn't we have the right to say no, just like out patients?
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    Because there is not a study linking or not linking means nothing. Since there is no study that refutes the link between space aliens and your son's allergy maybe that should be a concern?

    My facility has mandatory flu shots, or wear a mask the entire time at work, policy. I support it.

    You do not have the right to refuse like a patient because you are not a patient. You are an employee, who of free will, chooses to be employed at a facility that mandates flu shots.

    The flu vaccine is not approved for children less than 6 months, this does not mean it is not safe. Approval and safety are two different things.
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    Eight billion other threads about the same subject. Do a search and you will find all the opinions you could ever eant.
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    Quote from ColoradoRN17
    Anyone else upset by the requirement to take flu vaccine or else... not even a mask option??? Only way out is a MD note stating "severe" allergy. Why is it we can't force our patients but our hospitals can force us.

    I am pregnant and know I am high risk, but I took the vaccine in my last pregnancy and my son has an egg allergy. No proof linking, but no study not linking. I am so close to maternity leave and was going to wait until I delivered to be vaccinated. Do you know that they don't recommend the flu vaccine until a baby is 6 months but somehow it is safe for a near term "fetus"? Shouldn't we have the right to say no, just like out patients?
    I would not work for an employer that "required" me to take a flu vaccine and personally, I think mandatory medications should be illegal for adults for employment.

    However, the vaccine had nothing to do with an egg allergy. That is why you cannot find a study linking the two or any proof...because it doesn't exist.

    To me, it has nothing to do with the vaccine, but just about taking unnecessary medication during pregnancy. I wouldn't.

    I also don't get my children vaccinated for the flu nor do I.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Oct 9, '12 : Reason: TOS medical advice
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    Many employers require this now. It is to protect your patients just as much as yourself. I get mine every year. So does everyone else in my family. Kind of a no brainer to me. If you don't want to work at a place that doesn't require it.
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    Quote from Jory
    I would not work for an employer that "required" me to take a flu vaccine and personally, I think mandatory medications should be illegal for adults for employment..
    You must have lots of employment possibilities to choose from to be afford to be so determined in your convictions. I wonder how you felt about verifying your varicella antibodies or taking the Hep B vaccine series in order to attend nursing school?
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    Don't vaccination recommendations for infants have a lot to do with when their immune system is capable of converting and building immunity? Don't maternal antibodies make certain vaccines ineffective early on?

    A sign up at my OB's office says that getting vaccinated while pregnant will give the baby immunity after birth.
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    Quote from roser13
    You must have lots of employment possibilities to choose from to be afford to be so determined in your convictions. I wonder how you felt about verifying your varicella antibodies or taking the Hep B vaccine series in order to attend nursing school?
    I actually do have lots of employment opportunities because of my training.

    My facility does not require any vaccines. If you don't want the Hep B, you just sign a waiver for it...but if you do this and get it with your job, the chances of you getting workman's comp is very slim. The vaccine has also been around for many years unlike the flu vaccine that is a 'guess' of which three strains will be the most popular this year.

    I didn't have any problems with them verifying titers. I personally have no desire to get chicken pox or shingles.

    I am one of those people that gets horribly ill about a week after the flu vaccine. Yes, I know you don't get the flu from the vaccine but it does SOMETHING to where I am horribly ill with 100% accuracy with a very high fever that knocks me on my rear for a minimum of a week.

    One of the health nurses at my job came around and was high pressuring nurses to get the flu vaccine and I said, "I'll be happy to take the vaccine as long as they'll pay me if I get sick in a week to where I won't have to use my PTO time."

    That is why I don't take it....I actually don't mind the illness, it's getting screwed out of my pay when I get sick that I get upset over.
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    Thread explosion and lock in three..... two...... one......

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    it's probably mandatory because the hospital knows what a huge lawsuit could be waiting for them if something bad happens. if a nurse passes a flu virus onto an immunocompromised patient.....the lawyers would come after all of you with torches and pitchforks. one quick injection is a simple way to that sort of tragedy. a nurse saying "I just didn't feel like getting one" isn't going to cut it at the malpractice hearing.


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