New Mandate for Healthcare Workers — Get Vaccinated or Lose Your Job

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From nurses, lab techs, and students, to clerical, security, and volunteer personnel, you may be given an ultimatum anytime now: get a flu vaccine or lose your job. A new federal working group, Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) Increasing Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Health Care Personnel (“the group”), has recommended that hospitals around the country implement a program to increase flu immunization rates to 90 percent by 2020. [1]

Before exploring this new mandate—and your options—let’s ask some questions about the flu vaccine.

HOW EFFECTIVE IS IT?

According to an article published in The Lancet earlier this year, the vaccine prevents influenza in approximately 60 of every 100 people. [2] Michael Osterholm, lead author of the new report and director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy, says “it’s not nearly the vaccine that we need for the future.” [3]

The meta-analysis of 5,707 articles published from 1967 to 2011 turned up 31 “eligible” studies. That means 5,676 studies were NOT eligible. Why? Were they not true randomized controlled trials? And/or did they show that the flu vaccine wasn’t effective?

Read the next two sentences carefully. Approximately 60 percent of doctors and nurses get a flu shot. Among other healthcare personnel, the rate is less than 50 percent. [4] Why? These are educated people who have devoted their lives to helping the sick and injured. Do they know something we don’t know?

Here’s another red flag. The University of Pittsburgh and Sanofi Pasteur are collaborating to create a universal flu vaccine that protects against all strains of influenza. This new shot is the result of a discovery of how the immune system reacts to the flu virus and generates antibodies. [5]

Dr. Beatrice Fontoura (UT Southwestern) explains that the reason so many people who receive the current shot still get the flu is because the virus can mutate, making the vaccine ineffective. “What we are doing is something different,” she says. “We are actually stimulating our own response which is already there—boost it—to fight an infection.” [6]

Hmmm … Sounds like an admission that the current shot isn’t working.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE STATISTICS?

Back to the meta-analysis. Less than 3 percent of 13,000+ adults who didn’t get the flu shot came down with the flu. That means 97 percent did NOT get the flu. Of the vaccinated adults, slightly more than 1 percent got the flu. That means 99 percent did NOT get the flu.

What do these figures tell us? The flu shot works in approximately 1.5 of every 100 adults. I could explain how the numbers have been “massaged,” but I suggest that you read the article written by Mike Adams (Health Ranger, Natural News).

Aside from making the math crystal clear, he points out numerous problems with the study and states the obvious: “Even when pro-vaccine medical journals publish pro-vaccine studies paid for by pro-vaccine non-profit groups, the very best data they can manage to contort into existence only shows flu vaccines preventing influenza in 1.5 out of 100 adults.”[7]

A Cochrane Collaboration report included 40 clinical trial studies of more than 70,000 people. When the vaccine matched the flu strain, 4 percent who weren’t vaccinated got the flu. One percent of vaccinated people got it. That’s a difference of 3 percent. When the vaccine didn’t match the strain, 2 percent of unvaccinated people got the flu, and 1 percent didn’t, for a difference of 1 percent.

These numbers tell us a lot. But there’s more. Fifteen of the trials were funded by vaccine companies. “The review showed that reliable evidence on influenza vaccines is thin but there is evidence of widespread manipulation of conclusions and spurious notoriety of the studies.” [8]

ISN’T THE FLU DEADLY?

We are constantly bombarded by media announcements that each year’s flu season is going to be the worst yet. Remember the 2009 H1N1 scare? Out of 308 million Americans, the CDC estimated that approximately 12,000 people died from that “pandemic.”

However, the CDC has since said that the U.S. has “3,000 to 49,000 influenza-associated deaths each year.” [9] If you take away the people who die from complications, the number of annual flu mortalities is probably around 1,000. [10]

IS THE SHOT SAFE?

The Department of Health & Human Services maintains that ensuring “an adequate, safe, and effective supply of influenza vaccine each year is one of FDA’s and CDC’s highest priorities.” [11] I’m assuming by “adequate,” they mean enough to go around. I doubt that a shortage of flu vaccine is an issue, but warning the public every fall to hurry and get their shots for the upcoming “pandemic” before the supply runs out is a clever scare tactic.

Safe? Where are the studies? Maybe in the 5,676 ineligible batch. Effective? In the batch of 31 eligible studies.

The number of claims filed with the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) in 2010 was almost three times the number filed from 2001 to 2007. Most of the claims were the result of injury caused by the flu vaccine in adults. [12]

In a letter to the National Vaccine Program Office, Barbara Loe Fisher, National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), says: “The fact that influenza vaccine injury reports and compensation claims are increasing should be of great concern to NVAC [National Vaccine Advisory Committee]….” [13]

WHAT IS THE NEW MANDATE?

Starting July 1, 2012, and continuing through July 1, 2013, health facilities are required to develop programs to increase influenza vaccine rates. “The group” I mentioned earlier has issued guidelines explaining what type of facilities and healthcare workers should be covered under the mandate. I found the specifics complicated but, in essence, the new mandate leaves some decisions up to the individual facility. [14]

Hospitals are required to set incremental goals (annual) and track vaccination rates on a form that includes the number of healthcare workers who are vaccinated, those who refused the vaccine, and those who have medical or religious reasons for declining.

The only acceptable medical contraindications recommended are “a severe allergic reaction to eggs or other vaccine component(s) or a history of Guillain-Barré Syndrome within 6 weeks after a previous influenza vaccination.” [15] Effective January 2013, the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) will monitor facilities’ vaccine coverage through an online surveillance system. [16]

Facilities implementing the mandatory vaccine will need to decide whether to offer or mandate the flu vaccine, who is required to be vaccinated (employees with patient contact, medical personnel, volunteers, students, vendors), what type of exemptions they will accept (if any) and whether they will require proof (statement from doctor, a form signed by the employee) and signed declination forms, what they will do to employees who refuse (reassign them so they’re not in close contact with patients, require them to wear masks, fire them), and whether vaccination is a condition of initial employment. [17]

For laws in your state, see the CDC’s State Immunization Laws for Healthcare Workers and Patients website. [18] Keep in mind that the law could change at any time.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT THE MANDATE?

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) disagrees with the mandate on the grounds that it’s not effective enough. The flu vaccine is “no magic bullet.” The strains, and therefore the effectiveness of the shot, vary from year to year. In years when there is no match, “the vaccine may provide no protection at all.” [19] The shot should be offered to employees, along with the benefits and risks, and they should be allowed to sign a declination and not be fired if they refuse the vaccine. [20]

NBGH (National Business Group on Health) is for the mandate as a condition of employment unless workers have a medical contraindication or religious objection and, in that case, they should wear masks. Any other reason is grounds for being fired. [21]

NVIC (National Vaccine Information Center) believes one size doesn’t fit all, and mandates are unconstitutional. “It is unfair, irresponsible, and unethical for employers to force healthcare workers to choose between their health, their deeply held spiritual or conscientious beliefs, or their job.” Mandates also don’t take into consideration the fact that flu vaccines come with risks. [22]

NVAC (National Vaccine Advisory Committee) believes facilities should consider requiring the flu shot if they don’t have a 90 percent vaccination rate. “Other recommendations focus on education on preventing flu transmission, incorporating flu vaccination programs into occupational health programs, and improving ways to track flu vaccination rates among healthcare workers.” [23]

Meryl Nass, M.D., Mount Desert Island Hospital, Bar Harbor, ME, clearly states that “no one has shown that vaccinating workers leads to healthier patients or fewer deaths, and the lack of convincing evidence undercuts the scientific and legal basis for mandating healthcare worker vaccinations.” [24]

NNU (National Nurses United) believes that healthcare workers should know the risks and benefits and be taught how to protect patients. Employees should be allowed religious or health exemptions. The union doesn’t agree with forcing healthcare workers to wear masks, because there’s a lack of science showing effectiveness, and it’s a violation of privacy. [25]

Arthur Caplan, Ph.D., and director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Bioethics, is in favor of mandatory flu vaccines as a condition of employment. He says healthcare workers need to understand the “ethical” reasons for mandatory vaccines, including protecting their patients, their promise to “do no harm,” and setting an example for others. [26]

Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) objects to the mandate. Reasons include a lack of evidence that they work and are safe and the belief in Americans’ rights to make their own medical decisions. [27]

WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

If you’ve been told to get a flu shot or find another job, there are several things you can do.

Find out what exemptions are acceptable. You may need a letter from your doctor for a medical exemption. For a religious exemption, some employers ask for a statement of your belief or proof of church membership. According to attorney Alan Phillips, if you don’t follow the rule to the letter, you could risk losing the exemption. [28]

Contact the Office of Medical and Scientific Justice (OMSJ). OMSJ is a non-profit, private investigation agency that, among other things, helps people facing administrative action for refusal of a vaccine. [29]

Talk to a lawyer. They can explain your rights to you—and your employer. See http://thinktwice.com/lawyers.htm, www.vaccineexemption.org, and www.vaccinerights.com for a lawyer experienced in vaccine rights.

Remember that you do have rights. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 says “employers must reasonably accommodate their employees’ religious beliefs unless it would cause an undue hardship for the employers.” [30]

There are fighters out there. For instance, early this year, the Washington State Nurses Association won a battle on behalf of 600+ RNs at Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center. The U.S. District Court ruled that the hospital could not force nurses to get the flu vaccine. [31]

WHAT’S THE TRUTH?

When you dissect the “science,” you’ll quickly discover that the flu vaccine is not only extremely ineffective, but its necessity is overrated, and studies of safety are lacking. Mandating the vaccine for healthcare workers with the threat of being fired upon refusal is a violation of human rights and, frankly, ludicrous. How about using some good, old-fashioned hygiene, like washing your hands, using disinfectants, and staying home when you’re sick?

The flu vaccine is, at best, a crap shoot. Every year health officials get together to choose which of the 200+ strains of flu to include in the vaccine. They guess, and if their guess is wrong, the vaccine is worthless. “Preparing for the influenza season each year is a time-critical, highly orchestrated, collaborative effort of the global health community, including disease surveillance authorities in many countries, the WHO, NIH, FDA, CDC, and vaccine manufacturers,” says the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. [32]

All this for a vaccine that works in 1.5 percent of adults. What a colossal waste of money, time, and energy.

 

References

1. www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/hai/hcpflu.html

2. www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099%2811%2970295-X/fulltext#article_upsell

3. http://vitals.nbcnews.com/_news/2011/10/25/8484876-flu-shot-not-as-effective-as-thought…

4. www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/hai/hcpflu.html

5. www.nih.gov/news/health/aug2012/niaid-29.htm

6. http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/11/04/north-texas-researchers-creating-u…

7. www.naturalnews.com/033998_influenza_vaccines_effectiveness.html

8. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD001269.pub4…

9. www.nvic.org/PDFs/NVAC/NVPO-Flu-Vaccine-Public-Comment-docx.aspx

10. http://liamscheff.com/2011/10/flu-vaccines-the-mainstream-admits-we-w…

11. www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/hai/hcpflu.html

12. www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/accvminutes030311.pdf

13. www.nvic.org/PDFs/NVAC/NVPO-Flu-Vaccine-Public-Comment-docx.aspx

14. www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/18/R3_Report_Issue_3_5_18_12_final.pdf

15. www.flusupplynews.com/Navigation/Resources/Newsroom/Newsroom.aspx

16. www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/hai/hcpflu.html

17. www.ober.com/publications/1606-what-every-hospital-should…

18. www2a.cdc.gov/nip/statevaccapp/statevaccsapp/default.asp

19. http://conferences.und.edu/immunization/documents/Hansen-Update…

20. www.weknownext.com/trends/is-requiring-flu-vaccinations-worth-the-risk

21. www.weknownext.com/trends/is-requiring-flu-vaccinations-worth-the-risk

22. www.nvic.org/PDFs/NVAC/NVPO-Flu-Vaccine-Public-Comment-docx.aspx

23. www.weknownext.com/trends/is-requiring-flu-vaccinations-worth-the-risk

24. http://healthimpactnews.com/2011/mandating-flu-vaccine-for-health-care-workers/

25. www.weknownext.com/trends/is-requiring-flu-vaccinations-worth-the-risk

26. www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2811%2961156-2/fulltext

27. www.aapsonline.org/index.php/site/article/colorado_influenza_letter

28. www.naturalnews.com/033648_healthcare_workers_vaccines.html

29. www.omsj.org

30. www.naturalnews.com/033648_healthcare_workers_vaccines.html

31. www.weknownext.com/trends/is-requiring-flu-vaccinations-worth-the-risk

32. www.hhs.gov/ash/initiatives/hai/hcpflu.html

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  • http://vactruth.com Jeffry John Aufderheide

    In my opinion this draconian mandate is setting an extremely dangerous precedence. If healthcare workers can be forced to take vaccines as a condition of employment, others can expect the same treatment in the very near future.

  • Patrons99

    Excellent post, Jennifer! Thank you. Very important topic. While I’m not an attorney, it seems to me that this needs to be tested further in court, even if it goes all the way to SCOTUS. Seeking legal remedies is not for the “faint of heart” and there’s no certainty of relief even after a legal action, especially for someone who has lost their job, i.e. sustained actual damages.

    Religious and major safety concerns notwithstanding, infants given “flumist” don’t have to wear masks. IMO, flumist, for example, poses a far greater risk of causing and spreading disease to the public than an unvaccinated healthcare worker.

    The data in support of flu vaccine efficacy is more imagined than real. Despite limitations in the database, many of the risks of mass inoculation of the public can be found in the VAERS database. Government-mandated health directives violate our God-given right to autonomy over our body.

    Instead of  regulators (politicians) following the false flag slogan of “vaccine preventable disease”, which is really just a marketing tagline for big business, evidence of “vaccine-causable disease” should be considered. I would argue the volume and quality of evidence showing ACTUAL vaccine-caused disease is far greater than that showing disease prevention.

  • Patrons99

    Excellent post, Jennifer! Thank you. Very important topic. While I’m not an attorney, it seems to me that this needs to be tested further in court, even if it goes all the way to SCOTUS. Seeking legal remedies is not for the “faint of heart” and there’s no certainty of relief even after a legal action, especially for someone who has lost their job, i.e. sustained actual damages.

    Religious and major safety concerns notwithstanding, infants given “flumist” don’t have to wear masks. IMO, flumist, for example, poses a far greater risk of causing and spreading disease to the public than an unvaccinated healthcare worker.

    The data in support of flu vaccine efficacy is more imagined than real. Despite limitations in the database, many of the risks of mass inoculation of the public can be found in the VAERS database. Government-mandated health directives violate our God-given right to autonomy over our body.

    Instead of  regulators (politicians) following the false flag slogan of “vaccine preventable disease”, which is really just a marketing tagline for big business, evidence of “vaccine-causable disease” should be considered. I would argue the volume and quality of evidence showing ACTUAL vaccine-caused disease is far greater than that showing disease prevention.

  • Mizraeofsunshine

    Au Contrare!  Vaccines work 100% of the time, they just don’t work for us!!!  Beside not exactly knowing the ingredients, there is the little matter of “shedding” the virus among other things never mind the auto-immune response.   

  • Donna

    Homeopathy offers a safe non-toxic alternative to flu prevention and treatment of flu.Check out the National Center for Homeopathy http://www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org

  • Mr. Augie

    Gee, so glad I was let go from the health department for expressing my views on the flu and other vaccines on my blog.

  • Lou

    “All this for a vaccine that works in 1.5 percent of adults. What a colossal waste of money, time, and energy.” 

    And much, much worse. Included with the worthless and worse “flu shot” is the “H1N1 vaccine”. To my knowledge you cannot get a “flu shot” without getting in the same syringe the “H1N1 vaccine”. Are they telling you this! NO! Are they legally mandating the “H1N1 vaccine” also? They are just sneaking it in. Why?

    IMO the “H1N1 vaccine” is an eviler than average brew designed to facilitate the H5N1 pandemic bio-weapon they intend to release upon us.

  • Lou

     To see just how bad the “flu shot” scam is please visit

    http://healthyprotocols.com/2_flu_shot.htm

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lowell-Hubbs/1285214003 Lowell Hubbs

    When they actually weed the pharma connected flu vaccine studies from the non connected; it has been found that few to none of the unconnected studies show any real nor significant benefit. Better to skip the shot and get adequate amounts of vitamin D and C. I have never had a flu shot, and I have not had the flu in 20 years. 

    The CDC recommends that every person and child in the US, be injected with 25 mcg of thimerosal, (mercury); and even more irresponsibly as well all pregnant woman. And they do this with the intention of making your immune system more resistant to the flu? You will get that same said 25 mcg; unless you ask on your own for, and pay for a single dose vial? And they are the people we are supposed to trust to keep us healthy? NO THANK YOU!

    “There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza. The producers of these vaccines know that they are worthless, but they go on selling them, anyway.”——Dr. J. Anthony Morris (formerly Chief Vaccine Control Officer at the FDA).

    “There is a great deal of evidence to prove that immunization of children does more harm than good.”—Dr. J. Anthony Morris, former Chief Vaccine Control Officer and research virologist, US FDA

    “The thing that bugs me is that the people think the FDA is protecting them. It isn’t. What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it’s doing are as different as night and day.”—Dr Ley former Commissioner of the FDA.

    Vitamin D supplementation (proper dosages, are not at the low level that the IOM states)
    http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/about-vitamin-d/how-to-get-your-vitamin-d/vitamin-d-supplementation/

    The Flu Vaccine–What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You (Or Probably
    Doesn’t Even Know)
    http://vaxtruth.org/2011/09/the-flu-vaccine-what-your-doctor-wont-tell-you-or-probably-doesnt-even-know/

    Flu Prevention Plan Should Include Chiropractic, (with 110 study references)
    http://researchupdate.mccoypress.net/2009/04/30/flu-prevention-plan-should-include-chiropractic-care.aspx

    Chiropractic and the Immune System: Will getting a chiropractic adjustment help overcome your cold? (more studies)
    http://newmanchirosd.com/chiropractic-immune-system-chiropractic-adjustment-overcome-cold/

    The Flu Vaccine–What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You (Or Probably Doesn’t Even Know)
    http://vaxtruth.org/2011/09/the-flu-vaccine-what-your-doctor-wont-tell-you-or-probably-doesnt-even-know/

    New Study Exposes the ’60% Effective’ Flu Shot as 98.5% Useless
    http://lewrockwell.com/mercola/mercola167.html

    Children Who Get Flu Vaccine Have Three Times Risk Of Hospitalization For Flu, Study Suggests

    ScienceDaily (May 20, 2009) — The inactivated flu vaccine does not appear to be effective in preventing influenza-related hospitalizations in children, especially the ones with asthma. In fact, children who get the flu vaccine are more at risk for hospitalization than their peers who do not get the vaccine, according to new research that will be presented on May 19, at the 105th International Conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090519172045.htm

    Effectiveness of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine in influenza-related hospitalization in children: A case-control study

    Using the Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel test for asthma status stratification, there was a significant association between hospitalization in asthmatic subjects and TIV (p = 0.001). TIV did not provide any protection against hospitalization in pediatric subjects, especially children with asthma. On the contrary, we found a threefold increased risk of hospitalization in subjects who did get the TIV vaccine. This may be a reflection not only of vaccine
    effectiveness but also the population of children who are more likely to get the vaccine.

    http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/ocean/aap/2012/00000033/00000002/art00003

    THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FLU SHOT
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHZcw4781cI

    The Truth About The Flu Shot
    http://drtenpenny.com/the-truth-about-the-flu-shot/

    Flu Shots In Pregnancy
    http://drtenpenny.com/flu-shots-in-pregnancy/

    Pregnancy and the Flu Shot
    What the Doctor Isn’t Telling You about Pregnancy and the Flu Vaccine
    http://mothering.com/pregnancy-birth/what-doctor-isn%E2%80%99t-telling-you-about-pregnancy-and-flu-vaccine

  • Lou

     Yes FORCED VACCINATION is clearly on their agenda. IMO this is a good thing in that we are having an effect. They say when tyranny comes you MUST draw a line you will not cross.

    One of mine is no needles, no time for nothing. They will “vaccinate” me dead if I can accomplish it.

    We had to kill him to save him! Where have we heard this before? We are there.

  • Jacquibutterworth

    When drug companies are find $12billion dollars for falsify their results I would keep well away. Biggest money making racket there is.  We are being conned!!

  • Jacquibutterworth

    Sorry I meant FINED

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WFVHGNSMXRVQU4XDHBDPJSGM64 Th3D3adM3ss3nG3r

    Yeah, they work for the ruling “elite”/Illuminutty psychopaths!
    Get the REAL news at:www.naturalnews.com
    http://www.infowars.comwww.davidicke.com
    http://www.mercola.com* ! * ! * FREE YOUR MIND * ! * ! *

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WFVHGNSMXRVQU4XDHBDPJSGM64 Th3D3adM3ss3nG3r

    We must stay strong! We ARE winning the Information War, as even Hillary Clinton recently admitted in a speech…ON TOWARDS A CRITICAL MASS!
    We WILL prosecute these Soulless psychopaths*!*!*!

  • che

    a baby in my family wound up in the hospital with a major fever and dehydration after a flu shot

  • Mrssnappy

    Centura Health and Craig Hospital in Colorado have issued their flu vaccine
    policies and neither one is allowing religious or personal exemptions. Health care workers at these facilities are being told to get the flu shot or get fired. If you
    are a healthcare worker in Colorado and you would like to network with others who want to fight this, join the facebook page (anyone can join) or the yahoo group
    (must be a healthcare worker and be approved).

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/CHCWagainstforcedvaccination/ - facebook page

    http://groups.yahoo.com/search?query=COHCW - yahoo group

  • Eric Risner

    Go to the CDC website and you can see all the chemical ingredients.  Its amazing that  people actually let other people stick a needle in their arm and let them inject an unknown substance.   Just to let you know formaldehyde is in several injections listed right there on the CDC website.  They are so stinking evil they put the info right in our faces.  But they know most people are just to lazy and to dumb down to look.  Looks like their plan is working.

    Remember the words of Hitler and his Big Lie ideas,
    coined by Adolf Hitler, when he dictated his 1925 book Mein Kampf, about the use of a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to
    distort the truth so infamously.”

    If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth. // If you tell a
    lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to
    believe it. // If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it.
    // If you repeat a lie long enough, it becomes truth. // If you repeat a
    lie many times, people are bound to start believing it.

    Our own government is is using this system of mind control very well wouldn’t you say?

  • Eric Risner

    I was told by the company i use to work for in the medical field that we were all going to be required to take the flu shot.  This was Oct 2011,  this move to inject all healthcare workers is not new.  They even said to our faces that their lawyers are ready and that no waivers will be allowed.  Now of course this goes against my state laws but they didn’t seem to care about that.  I quit the next month and I am glad i did.  Everyone tells me, oh you could have sued.  Its just not me,  i just move on and live my life, i don’t need their money.  God will provide. 

    Romans 12:14-21

    14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
    15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them
    that weep.
    16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high
    things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in
    your own conceits.
    17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things
    honest in the sight of all men.
    18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably
    with all men.
    19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give
    place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will
    repay, saith the Lord.
    20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst,
    give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire
    on his head.
    21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

  • Debmosnel

    Thank you for the useful information.  I totally agree that mandatory flu-shots are very wrong.  I will fight to keep the right to choose what I put in my body.  I have been in a healthcare environment for 24 years and have missed 3 days due to illness.  The fight should be for individuals to stay as healthy as possible and take ownership in making educated decisions.  I do not vaccinate or take the flu shot.

  • howdydoo

    I am from Colorado and I would like to talk with other healthcare professionals not wanting to take the flu shot.  I am signing the decline paper work next week.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500234624 Michelle Lozner

    I live in TN and had to sign decline paper.

  • schroeel

    i will be unemployed after Dec. 31st because I will not take the flu shot.  I have only missed 5 days of work due to illness in 36 years of being an RN.  This is scary, thinking that now the government can force us to put a foreign substance into our body.  Wow.

  • mil

    I work at a hospital and I’m forced to wear a mask. Overtime I turn around someone’s like are you wearing the mask because u don’t to get the flu shot. I’m like this is ridiculous to wear a mask for 4 months. I’m standing for my rights no matter what!

  • Minou

    I was fired on November 14, 2012 for refusing to get a flu vaccine.  The religious exemption was of no consequence since I also refused to wear a mask.  I had no direct patient contact. This whole situation is morally, ethically wrong and unconstitutional, yet Pharma and who knows who else has their hand in the pot, is getting away with ruining people’s lives.  The science does not support these mandates.  I am so disillusioned with our country and our government.

  • Terry Roat

    I refused the flu shot now in home health I have to where a mask or be fired? What are my rights everyday I see healthcare workers not even wash their hands, or change gloves enough between patients.  I who uses essential oils to clean my hands, or therapy equipment to kill germs, that don’thave toxins to help destroy my health and my patients health. Yet I can’t work without a mask. When I have worked for 32 years as a therapist and yet to get the flu. I have a depleted immune system and can’t afford to put more known toxins in my system just because someone guessed at what strains will be hitting the population this year 4 stains covered 94 not how effective is that. Yet hospitals do this will prevent flu or make more money????? Everytime I get a TB test I am sick for days, then I was forced to take Hepatis B was mandatory or lose my job after two shots and 7 months of detoxing I still struggle with my health where is the justices here.

  • mrsp

    thanks for the post Eric,  I too am facing losing my job on Dec 20 for not getting the flu shot.  My employer allows for religious/medical  exemption but they denied mine, and are giving others a hard time about their medical exemption.  According to our legal dep, not one religious exemption was granted….. I too will trust the Lord, as I do not use drugs of any kind, not vaccines….Although, I love my job, have been there for 15 years, I will not compromise the direction the Lord has given me.
       Anyone who would be interested in supporting each other in this, in the state of PA. Please feel free to contact me.

  • Augie

    Those facing this situation should bone-up on classic stall methods. Wait until the last minute–then tell them waiting for wifes opinion, doctors opinion, then attorney opinion . . . alas. when they bring you into the tribunal–make your three reasons why you refuse to get a flu shot w/documents. AND MAKE SURE you bring a recording device– it is legal.

  • reneebelle

     Hi– What was the mask policy–wear it the entire day and those who were vaccinated did not?  If so, that is definitely discriminatory.  The CDC  has NO guidelines that recommend exempt or non exempt employees wearing a mask all day as a prophylactic measure to stem the flu transmission–only HCP and pts. who are symptomatic need to wear masks.  This strategy to hold a draconian mask policy over the heads of employees was cooked up by hospitals to increase their vaccc. rates.  And they are apparently counting on their employees to forget they have Fed. Civil Rights–at least for now anyway.   Did you check the EEOC guidelines for Religious discrimination?  Did you complain to HR that you were being singled out with an over reaching mask  policy because of your religious beliefs?  File a complaint with the EEOC.

  • reneebelle

     Check the web site for Alan Phillips JD–He is an expert in vaccine waiver law.  Check the EEOC for religious discrimination guidelines.  They do not have the right to discredit your beliefs. Did you ask them what was the objective reason they denied your request? They are RELYING on intimidation and employees not knowing they have Federal Civil rights–in particular if your employer accepts medicaid and medicare funds.

  • reneebelle

     See reply to mrsp

  • Condewit

     I, too, do not get the flu shot. The last one I had was 10 years ago and….. I got the flu. I have worked at my hospital for 16 years and last year was the first year the flu vaccine was mandatory! I filed for exemption and now I wear a stupid mask when the flu is “active in the community.” Funny how I personally know of 6 people who got the flu after the vaccine last year and this year I know of 3 already! I am healthier than MOST of my coworkers but yet I wear my scarlet letter of a mask at all times. This could last for months! I have seriously considered changing to a PRN or part-time position or simply quit altogether over this.

  • Condewit

     I, too, do not get the flu shot. The last one I had was 10 years ago and….. I got the flu. I have worked at my hospital for 16 years and last year was the first year the flu vaccine was mandatory! I filed for exemption and now I wear a stupid mask when the flu is “active in the community.” Funny how I personally know of 6 people who got the flu after the vaccine last year and this year I know of 3 already! I am healthier than MOST of my coworkers but yet I wear my scarlet letter of a mask at all times. This could last for months! I have seriously considered changing to a PRN or part-time position or simply quit altogether over this.

  • mjh

    I just got terminated from Einstein Hospital in North Philadelphia this week because I refused the Flu shot.  I have worked there for two years and they denied my exemption this year.  I work in IT and I’m in a building not near the patients.  The funny thing is,  I make sure the bills go out and the hospital gets it’s money.  I focus on the bright side,  sure I lost my job,  but I don’t have to travel to a “battle zone” every day to work.  This past summer, the place where I park my car,  two young boys shot at each other as one died. 

  • GW

    I think that most of you do not really know what you are talking about and are nothing but fear mongering idiots/

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UYBLC7CBFVOSP7U3IK7TBPKADE Nestor

    I don’t want to get a flu vaccine either. Someone below said. “Those facing this situation should bone-up on classic stall methods.” I think that is exactly what I will do. Thank you for bringing that up. Also, with all this vaccine craziness going on they won’t let the kids go to school unless they had a shot.  http://www.popsnuff.com/let-s-not-vaccinate-our-kids-t248.html

  • West6168

    You should believe this….it must be true…. It’s on the Internet!

  • Tye207

    your claims of effectiveness are completely misinterperated. if 3% of unvaccinated people get the flu, and 1% of those vaccinated get it, that means a 66% effective rate because 2/3 of the people who would have gotten sick didn’t.

  • Angel12

    Hey Tye207! Why don’t you use your right to “free choice” and let others do the same. Before you let them stick a needle in you and release, not only man made flu strains, but also Mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, so on, you best do some research as to how many people who choose the same road ended up with life long disabilities and injuries due to the flu shot. Good luck. Hope you are able to exercise your right to free choice, because behind this mandate, they have other plans for taking our free choice away; especially when it comes to putting poison into our bodies. You may not like the next mandates that will go against your beliefs. “Don’t drink the koolade” 

  • Angel12

    Great advise, I will. Thank You.

  • Hubie

    The next step is getting out of wearing a mask 40 hours a week at work

  • Personal Choice

    Wether you feel flu vaccines are effective or not you should not disagree that it is unethical to fire someone over there medical conditions or religious beliefs.

  • GuestAS

    What I don’t understand is this. Who is it exactly that benefits from this big push to coerce everyone to get a flu vaccine every year? Big pharm? Is that what it all boils down to? And what do the healthcare organizations gain or benefit if they hit the 90% mark in 2020? Some kind of $$$ incentive from the companies that manufacture the flu vaccines?