My mother is a nurse and she doesn't get the flu shot. What she has to do is wear a face mask all day at work. At first she was annoyed but what can she really do other than quit her good paying job and do something else? Not feasible.
I find this whole issue very confusing.
I would actively avoid going into nursing at this point in time, knowing vax status was a prerequisite.
This does not do much good for those who are already in nursing and are faced with stipulations they didn't sign on for when they were first hired. I do know organisation have the right to change rules, but this one is around body integrity, so it is a huge deal, IMHO.
I do not know the effectiveness rate of the flu vaccine, I do know the flu vaccine is made up of best guesses concerning which flu viruses will be circulating in the upcoming year. Forcing (and it is close to forcing as it involves peoples livelihoods) people to vax based on predictions of which flu is coming seems questionable. It isn't even a certainty and some years the predictions are wrong!
My youngest was recently in the hospital for pneumonia (she is now home and well ). She was in isolation as they though she might be contagious. Half the ward was in isolation. The nurses put on a new gown and mask every time they entered our room. Perhaps that sort of procedure could be used to prevent the spread of flu for those who decline vaccines? Another idea: people (especially nurses) who are sick should not go to work! We need to work on creating work environments where people feel they can take time off of work for illness without being penalized. I do know people are often contagious before they exhibit symptoms - but still. Want to know how my daughter got pneumonia? A person who was actively coughing went to work, gave the cough to my husband who brought it home and gave it to everyone in my family. In my youngest it turned into pneumonia.
Even if the pro-vax side is 100% right about flu vaccines…I am not sure we should force nurses (or anyone else, for that matter) to accept the vax. People should not be forced to do things to their own body that they are uncomfortable with. It is a body integrity issue for me.
The latest information suggests that the effectiveness of the flu vaccine is 59% for age group 18-65.
The 59% does NOT mean that 59% of those receiving the vaccine would be protected from the flu.
THat number was determined by comparing vaxed and unvaxed populations: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099%2811%2970295-X/abstract
1.2% of the vaccinated group caught the flu compared with 2.7 of the non-vaccinated group. The difference between 1.2 and 2.9 = 59%.
In other words, 97% of the non-vaccinated group didn't catch the flu anyway.
For more discussion of the risks and purported benefits of the flu shot, see http://naturalsociety.com/a-flu-vaccine-timeline-the-recent-history-revolving-around-vaccine-dangers/
I wonder if she's less of a risk to her patients than the vaccinated, but unmasked staff since the mask might offer some protection against so many more things?
Not sure, she can't get the flu shot. She did before but it caused her Guillian Berre to go out of remission. I can never spell that right. So they actually can't even force her to do it.
Actually, the OP didn’t ask for everybody’s personal feelings or moral lectures re: the flu shot. She asked for simple advice, not the apparent thread-jacking that’s underway.
But now that all of that is out there, she is being blackmailed into “consenting” to a decidedly anti-science hospital policy.
As a health care consumer, I’m inclined to distrust institutions that not only bully their own employees in this manner, but also turn a cold shoulder and deaf ear toward evidence-based practice. The OP’s employer clearly fits this bill, and it's up to us as consumers to hold their feet to the fire.
Interesting given everyone I know gets a flu shot every single season. Doctors offices, pharmacies, even non medical places push it like crazy. I guess the shot isn't that effective? Or at best only slightly above 50% effective?
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