Originally Posted by Lazy Gardens
Yes, for three reasons. One is "rescuer safety", to protect staff from getting the disease from patients with vaccine-preventable diseases. If someone comes in with measles, the hospital doesn't have to locate immune individuals to care for that person, and they don't risk having their staff all get sick during an outbreak.
Second, this prevents you from becoming a vector that spreads vaccine-preventable disease from hospitalized patients to vulnerable members of the community (those too young to be vaccinated, the immunocompromised, etc.)
This "reason" isn't even valid. If one is not sick with a VPD, there would be no difference between a vax'd or unvaxed person spreading the illness. Vaccinations do not prevent transmission in otherwise healthy individuals.
Third is to minimize the chances you can inadvertently spread those diseases to your patients if you are in the early stages and don't know you are sick. Most airborne diseases are most infectious just before the symptoms start.
No. Your immune status does not affect their resistance or lack of it at all.
I assume she's asking about getting live vaxes. If your children are not immune to measles, mumps, chickenpox, or flu, and you get the live virus vax, there is something called shedding that means that the illness will be in your house, and it is possible for your children to get sick from it. (other live vaxes include polio and rotavirus, but the former is not usually given in the US, and the later is not given to adults)
They will be LESS likely to contract whatever because they will not risk having a parent bringing a vaccine-preventable disease home like a bad office party prize.
Not 100% true, re: vaxes and transmission, but true if you do pick up the virus somewhere and get ill with it(which can happen before you show symptoms)
The only exemptions allowed in most institutions now are medical, and those staffers are usually told they may be sent home during an outbreak to shut down possible routes of transmission and to protect them from infection. A few hospitals have a strict policy of banning unvaccinated individuals from patient care and public contact areas.
If you are philosophically unwilling or religiously forbidden to take advantage of the second most basic measure* to prevent the spread of disease between your home and the hospital, between you and your patients, and between the hospital and the community ... you are probably not going to be able to work in a medical field, or you will find your opportunities shrinking as hospitals tighten up infection control measures.
*handwashing is #1
And of course, there are jobs in the medical field that do not necessitate working in a hospital.