mask or flu shot? - page 3

by lilangel6828

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Hi all, New York State recently passed a law requiring all healthcare personnel to get the flu shot or wear a mask. I know this has been going on for a while in other states. I'd like to hear from any nurses or students who... Read More


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    I had to wear a mask last year, as I have always had a sensitivity to the vaccination and absolutely won't take them again. I have a lot of seasonal allergies and a bit of allergic asthma so wearing the mask was very hard to get used to. I work in a NICU so many of my patients are "under glass" in their isolettes... so for those, no mask when working through portholes. Also, no mask while charting or away from bedsides. It was irritating and the "season" got extended by about 2 months from what they had originally said.... but it was doable and I'll be doing it again this year. I didn't get the flu... didn't get sick at all and found myself thinking of the mask as a protection FOR ME! About 1 in 5 of my vaccinated coworkers got sick.

    What I find INSANE... is that we are an OPEN unit. Parents can bring in as many different people as they want, around the clock, from admission to discharge... and NONE of those people are even asked about vaccination history. If nurses / doctors aren't able to be trusted to stay home when sick and utilize good hand hygiene practices... why trust us at all. The last person to put that baby at risk, in my opinion, would be the nurse. It all feels like a publicity stunt sometimes.
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    Quote from spacey
    It all feels like a publicity stunt sometimes.
    That's 90% what it is. The other 10% is they figure they won't have to deal with as many call-ins.
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    Quote from IrishIzRN
    I have children with hyper mobility EDS! I actually don't have them get the flu shot...because I'm concerned over the additional stress it puts on their bodies. They have good immune systems and I don't want to compromise that and risk other issue in addition to what they deal with.
    How many kids do you have and how many are effected by EDS 3? I have had symptoms for YEARS (as long as I can remember), and have been trying to get in to see the geneticist for over 2 years after an orthopedist who I saw for right shoulder pain first mentioned the possibility of a conn. tiss. disorder when he saw that I could dislocate my right shoulder on my own, and my left shoulder was very loose also, but not as loose as the rt. My other ortho. surgeon said he thought he had mentioned the possibility of a conn. tiss. disorder years ago (when I was in high school), but I verified with my mom that he never brought it up (he probably just thought about it but never said it). Anyways, I FINALLY got the official (rather than highly suspected by 2 orthos and 2 rheumatologists) diagnosis from the geneticist about 10 days ago.

    I know that EDS is autosomal dominant so I have a high chance of passing it on to my children down the line, but wanted to hear from someone else their personal experience with passing down a defective gene. Do you or the kids dad have EDS? Do any of the grandparents or aunts/uncles have the trait? Sorry for all the questions.

    Also, I don't vaccinate just bc of the EDS. If EDS were the only thing on my plate I would gladly skip the flu vaccine, but since I have asthma and decreased lung capacity from severe scoliosis (corrected, now fused from T2-Sacrum with anchors in the ilium) I feel that I would rather vaccinate than risk getting the flu and the possible respiratory symptoms that could come with it.
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    Quote from spacey
    I had to wear a mask last year, as I have always had a sensitivity to the vaccination and absolutely won't take them again. I have a lot of seasonal allergies and a bit of allergic asthma so wearing the mask was very hard to get used to. I work in a NICU so many of my patients are "under glass" in their isolettes... so for those, no mask when working through portholes. Also, no mask while charting or away from bedsides. It was irritating and the "season" got extended by about 2 months from what they had originally said.... but it was doable and I'll be doing it again this year. I didn't get the flu... didn't get sick at all and found myself thinking of the mask as a protection FOR ME! About 1 in 5 of my vaccinated coworkers got sick.

    What I find INSANE... is that we are an OPEN unit. Parents can bring in as many different people as they want, around the clock, from admission to discharge... and NONE of those people are even asked about vaccination history. If nurses / doctors aren't able to be trusted to stay home when sick and utilize good hand hygiene practices... why trust us at all. The last person to put that baby at risk, in my opinion, would be the nurse. It all feels like a publicity stunt sometimes.


    I have 2 kids who have a diagnosis of EDS (one of them also has cerebral palsy). I have another child who has some signs but no issues from it so we haven't worried about getting him diagnosed at this point...he has Aspergers and dealing with that more than anything. I also have a little one who likely has it. Again, no issues but shows some signs. The ped thinks he has it. I'll probably make appointments to see the specialist in the next few years. I'm not in a rush.

    There isn't anyone else in the family diagnosed with it. There are mild signs on each side (me and my husband) but not likely enough for a diagnosis on either of us.


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