Being forced to get vaccinated Edit again ****edit last time!!****!!
This is seemingly the new trend in the healthcare field, vaccinate or get fired. I'm not saying I won't get vaccinated or underestimate the importance of flu vaccines when in direct patient care but somewhere this seems like it violates some personal rights. Just curious what the cm thoughts are??? Do you get the flu shot would you???
I'll try to respond to any questions, though I am going annon because it deals with my place of work.
EDIT:I'm not saying I won't or don't want to get the vaccine, I'm just surprised at the approach their taking, also makes me wonder what will they make mandatory next? H1n1, hep vaccine? I more so feel like it is a lead way into more forceful tactics. This is causing a real stir at my place of work and a bit of a ethical dilemma imo.
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WOW I checked my notifications and I had 99+ got busy came back and 99+ more, obviously I am not going to be able to answer everyone, though I will try. I wanted to add as some still seem confused in my reasons for posting.
1)As stated above it's not the flu vaccine itself it's the ethical dilemma behind it and the if they can do this what else can they do?? I have had the flu vaccine in the past and been without it. Either way.it did not make a difference for me at that time
2)For those going into the medical field obviously the requirements have changed since I was last in nursing school, if you are in the medical field then you know things are changing constantly, so no when I became a nurse I never imagined we would be expected to be vaccinated and not have more of a choice. I had no titer, flu vaccine, in nursing school or in the first few yrs of nursing.
3)And most importantly the one I failed to mention, in our facility all our patients are offered a flu shot and the pneumonia vaccine at time of admission and yearly (every four for the pneumonia vaccine. That being said wether I do or don't vaccinate myself the patients still have the opportunity of protecting themselves. It has been a few yrs 6+ since I worked in the hospital but it was common procedure their as well as in home health. I can see if your taking care of an infant who can't be vaccinated or a situation similar to that. make sense??
Oh and one more thing, if the patients are offered the vaccine then is it really a matter of companies protecting the patients or more the cost of having sick employees calling in sick and the companies losing money??? If this is the case I would expect vaccines and things like this to go more main stream into other type workforces too...just thinking...
That's all I can add for right now, sorry for spelling I'm mobile. Hope this gives a little more food for thought and insight. I'm not bashing anyone's beliefs on vaccinations being right or wrong just such an uproar at our work it left me wondering, what would others do and how do they feel about it??
Edit Again Last time!!!!!!!!
For those of you that think I was going to give the flu everyone, and failed to see the point I was making....you can rest now....I got my flu shot!!!
This was about the ethical side of it, not the all vaccines are bad...don't vax! It's about it should be your choice and your right to decide either way!!!