Despite mounting evidence that the flu vaccine is completely ineffective at preventing illness, employers across America are threatening employees with termination if they refuse to get the injection.
One such employer is Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk, Ne. The hospital has told staff they must receive the vaccine as a condition of their employment. A staff member commented on the mandatory nature of the vaccine. “You can refuse under 2 circumstances. An allergy, which you must get a signed doctor’s note for. Or religious belief, which you must have your clergy sign a note for. In the event that you decline the flu shot with one of these options, you are required to wear a mask for the entire flu season, which is December thru March. ”
The Colorado Board of Health has voted 7-1 that every worker in a healthcare setting will be required to receive the vaccine. This mandate will be phased in over the next three years and employees have an option: get the shot or look for a new job outside the healthcare sector.
Rhode Island has also jumped on the mandatory flu shot bandwagon. Over the objections of health-care workers’ unions and the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, Health Director Michael D. Fine has filed the regulation, mandating seasonal flu shots for doctors, nurses and other employees and volunteers who work in hospitals, nursing homes, home-care agencies and other health-related industries in the state.
The Michigan Department of Community Health is urging all health care facilities to impose a mandatory flu shot policy. Munson Healthcare agrees wholeheartedly and has incorporated this into their policy, meeting a less-than-popular reception from employees:
Medical Center chief operating officer Kathleen McManus tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle that officials decided to make it mandatory because voluntary compliance has never topped 65 percent.
“The people we serve here are very sick,” McManus said. “And I will not put a patient at risk.”
But some employees are up in arms over baring an arm. About 50 turned out for a recent meeting of Michigan Opposing Mandatory Vaccines, a Detroit-area group that promotes vaccine choice. Employees also circulated petitions and hope to get the community behind them.
“I have a really hard time believing I’m going to be forced to do something against my will,” said nursing administrator Dianne Lopez-Wild, who works in an office. “It’s like something out of a sci-fi movie. It’s bizarre to me. It seems so unreal.”
Lopez-Wild said it’s a “civil rights issue.”
The main objection from healthcare workers seems to be the fact that the flu shot simply doesn’t work. Many of the staffers who are adamantly opposed to taking the shot are not anti-vaccine in general – they are simply anti-flu vaccine. One nurse commented, “I am not opposed to all vaccinations. I couldn’t wait for the Hep-B vac because it is easy to catch. And I recently received a tetanus booster. I am opposed to the flu vac because it is not effective in preventing flu and many who receive it become sick from it. Am I an expert in vaccinations? Nope. I am only going from my own observations over twenty years of nursing.”
A report released by an independent analysis company backs up what the objectors are saying. Investigative reporter Jon Rappoport wrote:
“A review from The Cochrane Collaboration, a widely respected research-analysis team, went over all the evidence, and entered its conclusion: In healthy adults, no flu vaccine delivers protection from the flu…But since flu vaccines don’t protect against flu or even stop the transmission of flu viruses from person to person, the so-called “rehearsing” of the immune system is merely somebody’s fancy story.”
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The flu vaccine has been proven time and time again not to work. It contains not only live viruses but also, according to the CDC, these potential toxins: “The following substances are found in vaccines: aluminum,(brain toxin) antibiotics, egg protein, formaldehyde (now listed as carcinogenic), MSG or monosodium glutamate (a known neurotoxin),and thimerosal(neurotoxic mercury).”
Links have been made from the flu shot to paralysis, increased likelihood of Alzheimers, weakened immune system, Dystonia (uncontrollable muscle spasms), and seizures.
A cautionary tale that supports the hesitance of many healthcare workers to take the mandatory vaccine is the case of former long distance runner Desiree Jennings, who suffered a rare but serious side effect to her routine flu shot.
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