Mandatory Influenza Vaccine - page 4
Hi - I am a nurse working in the UK. Every year I get asked to have the flu jab by my employer. This year particularly I felt that I could not say no and I felt bullied into having it. I have... Read More
May 15Joined: Nov '16; Posts: 33; Likes: 74We are required to get the flu shot every year by a certain date or we are not allowed to work.
May 15Joined: Apr '14; Posts: 3,820; Likes: 11,427Quote from AllisonMcTigueI think you're answering Klone's Question in what way were you bullied.I had to sign a form saying why I was declining it. Perhaps this was just for research purposes. I think it should be personal choice and I was surprised when I read that it is mandatory in US. Do the hospitals with the high staff vaccination rates have less sickness absence?
How is signing a form including why you are declining a form of bullying? Perhaps is it a cultural thing where such a requirement is considered outrageous in the UK?
May 15Joined: Jan '11; Posts: 5,288; Likes: 21,813Quote from AllisonMcTigueIt's not mandatory "in the US," it's mandatory at certain facilities and not required at others. There is no one national policy that mandates flu vaccines for health care workers.I had to sign a form saying why I was declining it. Perhaps this was just for research purposes. I think it should be personal choice and I was surprised when I read that it is mandatory in US. Do the hospitals with the high staff vaccination rates have less sickness absence?
At one place where I work, the flu shot is encouraged and offered free of charge. At the other place where I work, there is no policy whatsoever.
May 17Joined: Mar '18; Posts: 59; Likes: 50I have been in nursing since 1992 and I have got my flu shot every year and even my pneumonia shot before. I will continue to do so because I hate masks. But a month after I got my last flu shot I picked up flu-a that turned into pneumonia! I was shocked. I have never got that sick in my adult life.
May 24From: PA, US ; Joined: Nov '17; Posts: 17; Likes: 40The hospital I worked at which is part of a large hospital system it was mandated unless you had a doctor's order stating you could not get it for some reason. The policy changed over time and it started with you being allowed to refuse it but over time with the more serious outbreaks of years and CDC recommendations, it did become mandated.