CDC - Why Most Nurses Don't Get the Flu Vaccine - page 7

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  1. by   GR8LVN
    I get the flu shot yearly and so should ever other Nurse. I also administer the influenza vaccination. It is a dead virus. Not the weakened live virus as used in the past. Use your critical thinking Nurses (the reason for the sickys) your body is busy building up antibodies to the virus and this can take up to 2 weeks to do so. If exposed to a bug while doing so, naturally you will become somewhat ill. But not as badly as if you hadn't received the vaccination. Do you want to chance getting a virus now days, knowing that quite a few of our 3rd world countries do not immunize their young starting at birth. And all of these grown young are now in the US bringing their bugs with them, and mixing with other bugs, forming new bugs. YUCK, YUCK I'll get my vaccination and have some defense. Thank you!
  2. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    One of our physician's was my patient the other day. I did the usual flu/pneumo screen. I asked him if he had gotten his flu shot yet and he responded, "Oh, I don't get the flu shot anymore because the first one made me sick." He went on to describe his symptoms- none of which were CDC listed contraindications to future vaccinations.
  3. by   GR8LVN
    I can not believe the amount of (suppose to be educated) Nurses and Health Care Workers that don't get the vaccination. Please tell me who you are because I do not want you to be around or take care of myself or loved ones and friends. We all (as Nurses) have the responsibility of taking care of our selves first, than our patients.
  4. by   weirdRN
    Quote from GR8LVN
    I can not believe the amount of (suppose to be educated) Nurses and Health Care Workers that don't get the vaccination. Please tell me who you are because I do not want you to be around or take care of myself or loved ones and friends. We all (as Nurses) have the responsibility of taking care of our selves first, than our patients.
    That would be me. I don't get the vaccine because I get very ill after having it. How can I pass something on to you or your loved ones when I have not had it?

    I believe I do a good job of ensuring that I practice effective infection control.

    Generally, the residents who get the flu in my facility get it from their families.

    This year, we have a sign posted that if you have a cough or the sniffles or a cold, to please refrain from visitng the facility until it has cleared up and to ask the Nurse for tissues and a face mask.

    The policy for employees this year is that if you come down with a cold or the sniffles that you see our Doc (for free), get the test for the flu and get an excuse and the abscence is not counted against you. If you come to work sick, you will be written up and sent home. That goes for everyone from Housekeepers to the Administrator.
  5. by   GooeyRN
    I do not get the flu vax. I read the ingredients on the package insert. I do not want that stuff injected into my body. To me, I would rather deal with the flu (I never had it, though, and have taken care of many patients with it) And doesn't the flu mist contain a live virus? What about viral shedding from that?
  6. by   General E. Speaking, RN
    Quote from WhimsieRN
    That would be me. I don't get the vaccine because I get very ill after having it. How can I pass something on to you or your loved ones when I have not had it?

    I believe I do a good job of ensuring that I practice effective infection control.

    Generally, the residents who get the flu in my facility get it from their families.

    This year, we have a sign posted that if you have a cough or the sniffles or a cold, to please refrain from visitng the facility until it has cleared up and to ask the Nurse for tissues and a face mask.

    The policy for employees this year is that if you come down with a cold or the sniffles that you see our Doc (for free), get the test for the flu and get an excuse and the abscence is not counted against you. If you come to work sick, you will be written up and sent home. That goes for everyone from Housekeepers to the Administrator.

    Good practice but not fail safe as the CDC explains:
    Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose. Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.
  7. by   fetch33
    Quote from GooeyRN
    I do not get the flu vax. I read the ingredients on the package insert. I do not want that stuff injected into my body. To me, I would rather deal with the flu (I never had it, though, and have taken care of many patients with it) And doesn't the flu mist contain a live virus? What about viral shedding from that?

    I never took the vaccine until one Christmas, I got the flu. I thought I was going to die. I spent 6 days in bed with fever and body aches. I have never failed to get a flu shot since and I have been very healthy.
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  9. by   KyPinkRN
    Quote from dmooli
    No matter what your reason or excuse is - refusing to get the flu vaccine is just plain stupid. What other infectious disease would you prefer to get - as opposed to the vaccine? Tetanus? Diphtheria? Polio? Pertussis? Measles? Mumps? Chickenpox? Meningitis? Typhus? Cholera? Hepatitis A? Hepatitis B?
    These are diseases that are vaccine preventable, and we have all availed ourselves of them as the need arose. To deny the protection of this vaccine for yourself, your family and those you care for is just plain stupid. It is difficult to reconcile the medical axiom, "First Do No Harm", with someone who refuses to be vaccinated. I ask you - IF you get influenza, to whom do you take it home to? Husbands? A defenseless little one? Children? Grandchildren? Parents? Grandparents? An immuno compromised person?
    You do have the right to refuse the vaccine, but I don't think you should be allowed to work in healthcare. I think you should isolate yourself from society and take your chances of getting influenza without endangering the rest of us. You also have the right to jump off a bridge. It is not a particularly healthful practice, but at least it causes bodily harm to only your self.
    You put yourself out there as a professional healthcare provider, trained, educated, degreed and licensed. I expect you to be as well protected, as it is within your power to be, BEFORE you have any contact with me, my family, or any other member of the human race.
    As many people will die this year from influenza as will die from breast cancer. We each need to do our part to make sure that WE are not a part of the equation in an influenza death.
    We can either maintain our autonomy and status as professionals and police ourselves, or WE WILL BE POLICED. If the healthcare worker vaccination rate does not go up, then it will be mandated and legislated for us. At least fifteen states have laws on the books to mandating health care workers in SNF's, to get the vaccine, and many states mandate offering the influenza and pneumonia vaccines to all patients over 65 during flu season. Don't think it is going to stop there.
    As I see it vaccines will become mandatory. Either we act responsibly by getting the vaccine voluntarily 0R we will be mandated to get it by state and federal regulations. IT is your choice,
    ( and we may have already blown it).
    (I am not talking about those with severe allergies or who have legitimate contraindications, )
    I think you are coming across pretty judgemental in your post... its not your place to judge me because I don't believe in getting unnecessary shots. When they improve the vaccine and it is more effective, then I could see mandating it... until then I will stick with letting nature take its course. After all it is only one strain of the virus and what if they are wrong when they predict what the predominant strain will be? They do start to manufacture these things 2 years in advance. Open your mind and think before you judge people just because you disagree with them.:angryfire
  10. by   brendamyheart
    Quote from MarySunshine
    I've never met a nurse who thought that the flu vaccine could cause the flu. That's really condescending for the author to say that. Usually we're throwing caution to the wind and gambling our chances because the flu shot DOES make lots of people feel crappy. I figured I should let the more susceptable folks get first dips at flu shots -- I'm young and healthy.
    I got the flu shot last week. I feel like crap, however maybe it is the job!!
  11. by   indigo girl
    Here is a study that I just came across on GP's in Europe. It seems that sick family members can effect your immunity vaccinated or not, at least in this study. Younger GP's fared better:

    http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/4/17#IDALV3GG
  12. by   aberrn
    I had a flu shot when I was 19 and in the RAF.

    Got sick as a dog for days,never again.

    Never had the flu . Have a typical ER nurse immune system.
  13. by   marilynmom
    I thought I had read somewhere that the last couple of years, the flu vaccine was totally off anyways? That the strain in the vax wasn't the same strain that was going around so people go around thinking they are "protected" and are not--that happens most years. I got the flu vax last year in October, come Janurary I am sick in bed for 7 days with the flu (Dr confirmed with swab).

    I think the nasal vax is worse because it sheds so your going around shedding the flu! Talk about putting immunocompromised people at risk.

    I've had the flu once in like 8 years (the year I got my flu shot).

    Here is an interesting article from the washington post:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...102200042.html

    Common Misconceptions About the Flu:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...102100715.html
    Last edit by marilynmom on Nov 12, '06

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