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Five Ways to Convince Patients they Need Flu Shots

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by Lynda Lampert, RN Lynda Lampert, RN (Member) Member Nurse

Lynda Lampert, RN has 4 years experience and specializes in telemetry, med-surg, post op, ICU.

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Nurses should never force patients to take any treatment, but sometimes we have to be a bit more persuasive in our approach to a particular procedure. One such treatment is the flu shot, and there are several myths and fears surrounding this vaccine. Helping your patient understand the importance of the flu shot can go a long way to making them healthier. You are reading page 5 of Five Ways to Convince Patients they Need Flu Shots. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

SoaringOwl specializes in Med-Surg and Neuro.

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The problem with this stance is that you are putting your patients at risk. You can carry and pass on the flu virus for days without having symptoms yet.

They are also at risk of catching MRSA or VRE when housekeeping doesn't clean well enough. They are also at risk of catching TB in the ER waiting room. Life is full of risk. That doesn't mean I should be stripped of my bodily autonomy. I don't want to infect my patients with anything, but I also don't want big phrama and my boss making my medical decisions either.

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SoaringOwl specializes in Med-Surg and Neuro.

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I always raise this issue with anti-vax people and have never gotten much of a response.

Maybe because polio and the flu have nothing to do with each other? Polio doesn't mutate every year, so one vaccine is all it takes. Polio isn't something that most people recover from just fine, like the flu. It's not a close comparison.

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SoaringOwl specializes in Med-Surg and Neuro.

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LOL, no, I didn't live through it. I remember it as history, much like Pearl Harbor Day. I didn't need to live through it to remember it and learn from it.

If they had a flu vaccine in 1918 it could have been for the wrong strain as well. There's no guarantee that the result would have been any different.

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ArrowRN has 3 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med Surg, Vascular, E.N.T.

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OP great post. Maybe you need to follow up with this thread "Five ways to convince nurses they need flu shots" .

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RosesrReder has 15 years experience as a ASN, BSN, MSN, RN.

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I moved out of the hospital setting and into pre-hospital. We are not mandated to have flu shot nor wear mask. We are allowed to make decisions for ourselves.

Last winter I worked in hospital setting, and all the nurses were literally harassed to screen the pt for the flu shot. We did hand out literature and flu shot to me administered at admission time. If pt refused, they would have every nurse day or night to come in and tell them basically how they are walking around and will get others sick.

Made me feel very uncomfortable. Also, you would be questioned as to why your pt was X many of days inpatient and you didn't "convince" them to take it!

Now working pre-hospital without all the drama and administration's BS, I feel like I've been liberated from Hades and grateful.

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I don't believe in the tetanus vaccine. I have never seen tetanus, and am pretty sure it is made up by big pharma. since that is my belief, I don't encourage tetanus shots.

Also, I am pretty leery of antibiotics. They do more harm than good, and I make sure patients are exposed to both sides of the debate.

Also, on my list, is NTG for angina. What a load of hooey, and contrary to my anecdotal experience. When I have chest pain, it goes away with chamomile tea.

And don't any of you big pharma shills bring up "evidence". We all know those studies are flawed and influenced by the unholy alliance between big pharma and the govment.

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