Normally, health care workers are encouraged to take the seasonal flu vaccincation, but only about 40% do so. This year, it is a requirement in the
state of New York--but some workers are refusing to do so. They may lose their jobs over it.
For some, it is a matter of principle--they don't think the state has the right to dictate what they do with respect to their personal health care. One worker has never had a flu vaccination in the 15 years she has been a health care worker, and she has never gotten flu either--not even once. No one could truly say she would have done better with a vaccination previously, when she has a perfect record.
What do you think? Should they be required to take the vaccination? Should they be fired if they don't?
Vaccinations should be up to the individual . What would happen if an employee had the shot then died due to an allergic reaction from the drug .
The issue behind all vaccinations is prevention. We have seen the demise of many horrific diseases owing to vaccination programs, polio, anyone?
A person may never develop the disease, but, if unvaccinated, may become a carrier who might infect others. If you were sincerely worried about an allergic reaction to a particular treatment, then, I'd be asking why you were working in an area where you run a risk of contracting such a disease, anyway.
There are two methods of innoculation. The older method involves injecting some dead virus. The newer method, some of which is now ready for
distribution in the U.S., is nasal spray--the person inhales LIVE VIRUS into their nose. Pregnant women and people with a compromised immune system have
been told not to use the inhalant method.
Does this inspire full confidence in the rest of you?
It would depend upon how much you trust the medical system that permits such delivery methods. You'd certainly make a good reporter for one of those "National Enquirer" type rags!
So now you're an M.D. or at least knowledgeable enough in medicine to question a method of drug delivery that's been used for several years now?
If you are so against modern medicine, I'm sure there are still cultures that use witch doctors.
And why isn't this in the U.S. health care forum? Again you skirt the rules to beat your drums of protest. Beyond tiresome, IMHO.
My mind is now officially boggled!
This certainly should be in US Healthcare.
Perhaps a mod could move it?
The practice in New York does not extend to the United States. It is a local issue, not a national one.
It's not a world-wide issue scholar. Quite particularly local to an area of America and about healthcare. hth
Just a quick question scholar, would you recommend driving a car?
The reason that I ask is that many people are injured or die from the effects of motor vehicles daily. Are you as worried about that as the possible side effects of medication that has be tested and shown to effective in nearly all cases. If it were demonstrated that, of people who attend hospital, some die, would you avoid hospitals?