Hi, was wondering if anyone has any advice on this subject. I am a single mom, and I am back in school. I am interested in a few healthcare related jobs, as this career field is booming, and is good money. The things I am considering are ultrasound tech, or physical therapy assistant. Both of these types of programs at the schools have strict admission procedures, with full vaccination records being required. They also draw blood and test titers for MMR and varicella and hep b. I am 27. I have a feeling I would need a vaccine or two. Never had chix pox even though i exposed myself a lot when i was young.
I dont vaccinate my son anymore as he had very serious reactions. I also react terribly to vaccines, specifically the flu vax. I get fevers, and my immune system sucks for months afterwards. Vaccines scare me, because i worry about long term effects on the autoimmune system, etc.
I am wondering if i should just suck it up and do the vaxs for myself to get into a good career field. I appreciate anyones feedback.
You should keep in mind that you will most likely be required to receive a flu shot every year that you work in healthcare. So it's not like you are going to have to get it now and never again. I have never had a bad reaction, so I can't really commiserate. Good luck in making your decision!
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I'm a little late to the game, but I did want to tell you that when I started nursing school at 25, all of my titers were fine and I needed no vaxes or boosters, so I woulnd't automatically assume you will need anything.
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I work in that setting and at this point, no one is required to have flu shots or any other vaccines. It really depends on the specific place.
"Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen." Ralph Marston
From personal experience, it's hard to go vax-free in the health care industry. While you could likely find a Dr. willing to write a note about your previous reactions (one of the only exemptions to the flu shot). I stood my ground with refusing a flu shot at a major medical center and lost my job. No real complaints, however....while it was a good job, it was like factory work with how many patients I saw daily, and I was ready to leave the rat race so their crazy vax policy came at the right time for me.
You could look into what is required by different employers. If you are working for a big academic medical center you will probably be required to get flu vax every year. But maybe not in another setting.
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