Nurses fired for refusing flu shots

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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.

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A New Jersey school isn't allowing a boy into school without a flu shot.

NJ boy not allowed back to school without flu shot - New York News | NYC Breaking News

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"GloriaInTX" wrote:

A New Jersey school isn't allowing a boy into school without a flu shot.

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.

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"mommytoMR.FACE" wrote:

Your list/ingredients differ from what is on the CDC website. Vaccines: Vac-Gen/Additives in Vaccines Fact Sheet

She also didn't mention that the CDC recommends that all healthcare personnel get the flu vaccine.

CDC - Seasonal Influenza (Flu) - Who Should Get Vaccinated Against Influenza

[h=3]The following groups are recommended to get a yearly flu vaccine:[/h]

  • 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.

    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."

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    "mommytoMR.FACE" wrote:

    Your list/ingredients differ from what is on the CDC website. Vaccines: Vac-Gen/Additives in Vaccines Fact Sheet

    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. Wink

    Here is your list of ing.

    Influenza (Afluria)
    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
    November 2011
    Influenza (Fluarix)
    sodium deoxycholate, formaldehyde, octoxynol-10 (Triton X-100),
    α-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80 (Tween 80),
    hydrocortisone, gentamicin sulfate, ovalbumin
    April, 2011
    Influenza (Fluvirin)
    nonylphenol ethoxylate, thimerosal (multidose vial?trace only in prefilled
    syringe), polymyxin, neomycin, beta-propiolactone, egg proteins
    May, 2011
    Influenza (Flulaval)
    thimerosal, α-tocopheryl hydrogen succinate, polysorbate 80,
    formaldehyde, sodium deoxycholate, ovalbumin
    December, 2011
    Influenza (Fluzone:
    Standard, High-Dose, &
    Intradermal)
    formaldehyde, octylphenol ethoxylate (Triton X-100), sodium phosphate,
    gelatin (standard formulation only), thimerosal (multi-dose vial only) ,
    egg protein
    May, 2011
    Influenza (FluMist)
    ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA), monosodium glutamate,
    hydrolyzed porcine gelatin, arginine, sucrose, dibasic potassium
    phosphate, monobasic potassium phosphate, gentamicin sulfate, egg
    protein
    May, 2011

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