I was 16 when I had my one and only bout of the flu. I remember laying under a pile of blankets with the heat turned way up, shivering and aching. I get my kids vaccinated each year - we have quite a long cold and flu season - and DH and I get the flu shot as well to offer Ben whatever protection we can offer him. His asthma is triggered by viruses and he can get very sick really fast. A year ago RSV put him in the hospital for 5 days because his airways had all but slammed shut. I don't want to ever see him like that again, and if getting a flu shot keeps him that much healthier, we'll do it.
While I believe that most employee-patient infection has more to do with proper hygeine and attention to protocols, I think the employer does have a duty to encourage the vaccine.
For people against the vaccine, is it just requiring the flu vaccine? What about hepatitis B?
Also, ignoring the potential impact on the patients, requiring the flu vaccine sigificantly reduces the amount of sick time the staff has to take. That reduces the amount of double shifst and overtime.
I can go either of two ways with this. His parents claim they won't give it to him because he's allergic to eggs. OK, give him the new egg-free version of the vaccine. Problem solved. Alternatively, because we're in flu season and it is expected to reach epidemic proportions this year, he and any other unvaccinated-for-this-particular-disease should be required to stay home, which is part of the agreement when you file a vaccine exemption. In that case, the school should arrange for home study. It's no different than an epidemic of any other disease, anyone not vaccinated for it can't come to school.
Originally Posted by GloriaInTX
She also didn't mention that the CDC recommends that all healthcare personnel get the flu vaccine.
Originally Posted by mommytoMR.FACE
CDC - Seasonal Influenza (Flu) - Who Should Get Vaccinated Against Influenza
I think being a nurse in a critical care unit also qualifies as a "caregiver of persons with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for severe complications from influenza."
The following groups are recommended to get a yearly flu vaccine:
- All persons aged 6 months and older should be vaccinated annually.
- Protection of persons at higher risk for influenza-related complications should continue to be a focus of vaccination efforts as providers and programs transition to routine vaccination of all persons aged 6 months and older.
- When vaccine supply is limited, vaccination efforts should focus on delivering vaccination to persons who:
- are aged 6 months through 4 years (59 months);
- are aged 50 years and older;
- have chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, neurologic, hematologic, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus);
- are immunosuppressed (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by human immunodeficiency virus);
- are or will be pregnant during the influenza season;
- are aged 6 months through 18 years and receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who therefore might be at risk for experiencing Reye syndrome after influenza virus infection;
- are residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities;
- are American Indians/Alaska Natives;
- are morbidly obese (body-mass index is 40 or greater);
- are health-care personnel;
- are household contacts and caregivers of children aged younger than 5 years and adults aged 50 years and older, with particular emphasis on vaccinating contacts of children aged younger than 6 months; and
- are household contacts and caregivers of persons with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for severe complications from influenza.
Your list is actually fairly close and not any better.. ;), I will have to recheck the website I got it from it was a gov site, but might be a year off. ;)
Originally Posted by mommytoMR.FACE
Here is your list of ing.
beta-propiolactone, thimerosol (multi-dose vials only), monobasic sodium
phosphate, dibasic sodium phosphate, monobasic potassium phosphate,
potassium chloride, calcium chloride, sodium taurodeoxycholate,
neomycin sulfate, polymyxin B, egg protein
sodium deoxycholate, formaldehyde, octoxynol-10 (Triton X-100),
α-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80),
hydrocortisone, gentamicin sulfate, ovalbumin
nonylphenol ethoxylate, thimerosal (multidose vial?trace only in prefilled
syringe), polymyxin, neomycin, beta-propiolactone, egg proteins
thimerosal, α-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80,
formaldehyde, sodium deoxycholate, ovalbumin
Standard, High-Dose, &
formaldehyde, octylphenol ethoxylate (Triton X-100), sodium phosphate,
gelatin (standard formulation only), thimerosal (multi-dose vial only) ,
ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA), monosodium glutamate,
hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, arginine, sucrose, dibasic potassium
phosphate, monobasic potassium phosphate, gentamicin sulfate, egg