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Default Some Nurses Say No to Mandatory Flu Shots

This is a rather long article, so it's better to provide a link:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/SwineFl...ory?id=8727353
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We have quite a few where I work and they're wearing masks from Oct 1 until March 31st. They also have to wear a pin on their uniform so everyone knows they are one of the ones who best have a mask on.
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That's odd. They would have to also wear eye protection for droplets, wouldn't they?
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Okay, everyone knows that flu is airborne, but what about hands? Who's going to be standing behind these masked nurses making sure that they wash their hands properly? Gee, if we try a little harder, we could work up a really good case of hysteria.

Panic is going to end up killing more people than this strain of flu is, if we're not careful.
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I don't think any employer should be able to force a vaccination on their employees. I think in the long run it also hurts vaccination efforts because it in part publicizes criticism (some true, some false) about vaccinations.

At times, I have fun attacking the government, FDA, etc. But I also don't want my actions to potentially scare someone away from the flu vaccination.

It is always good to study history, vaccinations in 1976 may very well have not been needed and were linked to Guillain Barre. BUT the swine flu did not spread to the general population like it has now. I have not heard anyone dying locally from a flu shot. What really concerns me is that we have had 2 people in my state to die from H1N1 in the past month or so--they were both RNs.

I will be getting the H1N1 when available. I also got the flu shot for the first time this year--mainly because I want to be available if my job needs me.
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