CDC - Why Most Nurses Don't Get the Flu Vaccine - page 8

this article is from the centers of disease control (cdc) influenza vaccination rates for nurses need a boost with all the news coverage in the last few years of people scrambling to find a... Read More

  1. by   The_Iceman
    i personally think that the flu vaccine is nothing more than a government conspiracy, here is my theory. the pharmaceutical companies are paid by the center for disease control (cdc) to develop a vaccine that includes an inactive flu virus at the time of injection. the flu strain is actually encased in something that makes it act as time-released, ie once injected, over time the substance that encases the flu strain is eventually dissolved and the flu strain is released into the person injected. this then spreads and this person now has "contracted" the flu. the areas of interest that would benefit from this theory include: 1-the pharmaceutical companies that develop the initial vaccine 2-the pharmaceutical companies / drug store chains that sell the treatment for the persons who have contracted the flu 3-the doctors who treat the patients 4-most importantly, the government, as they receive taxes and other benefits from everyone along the chain, ie every time someone has to visit the doctor/buy pharmaceuticals/the initial vaccine/insurance company payments, the government receives taxes from all of the money that exchanges hands. when one visits the doctor after the flu strand has grown and replicated, if you tell them that you had the flu vaccine and ask them why you contracted the flu anyway, they will tell you that if you did not receive the vaccine, you would have had the flu much worse and could have been hospitalized and/or possibly died. there is my theory and reason why i do not get the flu vaccine. just a thought...
  2. by   West_Coast_Ken
    I just got my flu shot today. I've had the flu shot each year for about 15 years running now and I feel just fine--like the millions and millions who get this vaccine every year. Sure "someone" "somewhere" got "something" and they blame the flu shot and that's plain nuts as well as totally unscientific.

    Make sure you get yours soon! It's for your health and your pts, too.


  3. by   glb1960
    Mercury, formaldehyde and thimerosal, neomycin and streptomycin, monosodium glutamate (MSG) and 2-phenoxyethanol, aluminum gels or salts and many more. Those are the real reasons not to get the flu shot. I am exposed to enough junk just living and breathing on this planet. I DO NOT intend to compound my exposure when I don't have to. A 46 y.o. male in healthcare for 6 years and never had the real influenza.

    Also, I am embarrassed that my fellow nurses still confuse the 48 hour flu bug with real influenza. Influenza is a respiratory infection that takes a couple of weeks to get over.
  4. by   tntrn
    I don't hve time to read through all this right now, but where I work, we now have to sign a statement for Employee Health telling them why we don't want it if we don't want it. Including if you already got it and if so, where. The are saying it's a Joint requirement. When did the Joint start writing laws?

    I think it's none of their darned business and even though I get the shot, it's none of their business if, if not, or where. Sheesh. Our hospital didn't even have enough for all it's nurses two years ago when other places in this area had plenty, enough for even the candy stripers.

    I'm off to contract negotiations now, but I'm anxious to read all the posts when time allows.
  5. by   heartonfire
    I havent read through all the posts, however I did post this on another thread as well, that the recent studies done by the CDC, show that recieving the influenza vaccine does not show any significant difference in protecion from the flu than those who do not recieve it. That is in the health care workers as well as patients.

    In other words, it doesnt work as they had theorized. This also collaborates with prior studies done in Europe that came to this same conclusion.
  6. by   Jo Dirt
    I don't take vaccinations.

    I resent the assumption that nurse's don't get flu vaccines because they are ignorant.

    That article was written by a propagandist.
  7. by   GooeyRN
    Quote from motorcycle mama
    I don't take vaccinations.

    I resent the assumption that nurse's don't get flu vaccines because they are ignorant.

    That article was written by a propagandist.
    I feel the same way. Our family selectively and delay's the vaxes we do get.
  8. by   West_Coast_Ken
    Quote from tntrn
    i think it's none of their darned business and even though i get the shot, it's none of their business if, if not, or where. sheesh.
    i believe in getting this particular vaccine.

    i do not agree with coercion in any way for any reason. it is each person's choice and that is nobody else's business.

  9. by   JentheRN05
    I will get the flu vaccine tomorrow, for my patients sake and no other. I have offered to get one for my children too. Two of which have asthma that acts up upon any illness. Only 1 took me up on it. I won't force the other to get one, even though I feel she should. I work with both the elderly and as a school nurse. I don't care to pick up every illness the kids have and pass it along to my elderly patients. Of course I do good handwashing, heck, I won't go from one place to the other without a full shower. But my theory stands. I will get the flu shot tomorrow for my patients.
  10. by   marilynmom
    "Vaccines against influenza that the U.S. government is pushing to cut annual deaths and prepare for a possible pandemic may be linked to slightly higher rates of a paralyzing nerve disorder, a study found.

    Patients with the disorder, called Guillain-Barre syndrome, were more likely to have been diagnosed in the seven weeks after vaccination than in a comparison period four to six months later, Canadian researchers said in today's issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. " Canada

    I think it is halarious as well that nurses and Drs actually think there is some proof that this particular vaccine works, when there are MANY studies showing this vaccine to be VERY ineffective.
    Last edit by marilynmom on Nov 16, '06
  11. by   bewell
    I have declined the flu shot at my hospital. I had to sign a waiver stating that I had been offered but refused. I have never had a flu shot and probably never will.
  12. by   RNsRWe
    My hospital offers them free, take it if you want, don't if you don't. No waivers, only a consent if you DO want it.

    You want to offer me a chance to avoid even one strain of the flu? Who cares if there's other strains; no vaccine is a guarantee, only bending the odds in your direction. I'll take it.

    I was one of the first on line last week
  13. by   big-chicken
    I'm not a nurse, but my wife has been an RN for 25 years. I'm usually read-only but I registered so I could reply to this note. I'd like to know if anyone
    had a comment on this earlier reply:

    [Re: CDC - Why Most Nurses Don't Get the Flu Vaccine
    [[I got one the last 2 years because my friend, who is a PHN, was in charge [of the anti-terrorism drill where mass anthrax vaccinations would be [administered and instead of just sticking a needle in our arms, they used [the flu vaccine. The last time I had the flu was 10 years ago, and it was [nasty. Would like not to repeat that little experience.

    Does this sort of thing really happen? They come around and inject people?
    Do you consent to it first? Are you asked to consent to recieving a flue shot?

    Also what do nursing unions have to say about Hospitals requiring a flue shot as a mandatory ? Why haven't the manufacturers removed the mercury-based preservative used in these shots?