Mandatory Flu Shots Mean You're Serious About Patient Safety

Healthcare leadership is supposed to be about putting patients first. It's shocking that any organization that purports to be in the business of helping patients would not mandate flu vaccines for its employees.

5 comments on "Mandatory Flu Shots Mean You're Serious About Patient Safety"
pbrown6989 (10/19/2012 at 11:07 AM)

Grow up people. Why is there so much drama about a flu shot. The problem is spreading the flu to other people before you know you have it. If you have chosen healthcare as your career then you have an obligation to patients and other HCPs to get the flu shot. It is a killed can't get sick and if you insist you got the flu because of the shot, look elsewhere for the attention you obviously need.
Renee (9/27/2012 at 5:14 PM)

Just like you autonomy allows you to choose a flu shot mine allows me to choose not to! Why is it a one way street? I have been fatigued, nauseated, had a sore throat and swollen glands since I received the flu shot on Monday. But it's someone else's decision to infect me with a virus and make me ill!! Missing many hours of work and productivity due to it.
Kate (9/25/2012 at 6:26 PM)

Maybe your employer shouldn't make you wash your hands, either, since that interferes with your bodily autonomy. You might even have a bad dermatologic reaction to the alcohol-based rinse, or the unusual scent of the soap might trigger a killer migraine. Your autonomy over your body does not give you the right to infect mine.
Lynn (9/25/2012 at 9:13 AM)

Why is it your body if you want an abortion but not if you don't want to be forced to take the flu shot? Hypocracy at its finest! The flu shot does not stop the spread of the virus, just the prevention of getting the virus. Hand washing and masks okay. Injecting something into someone's body that they don't want....not!
A Miller (9/21/2012 at 10:05 PM)

Why should I be forced to have a flu shot? Does taking a job in the health care field mean I have to give up autonomy over my own body? Now my employer gets to make my medical decisions? If you are worried about catching the flu from a health care provider perhaps YOU should be the one getting the flu shot.


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