A Cincinnati-based health system has reportedly fired 150 of its 10,800 employees because they would not get vaccinated against the flu.
Citing patient and staff protection, the company sent termination notices to the employees this week just ahead of Thanksgiving. If they agree to get a flu shot (which are offered at no cost) by December 3, the employees will get to keep their jobs.
This isn’t the first instance of healthcare workers’ freedoms being stripped away; whole states are now attempting to force healthcare workers to get vaccinated.
Last month, Rhode Island passed the first-ever full mandate requiring all healthcare employees (including doctors, nurses, and even temporary workers and medical volunteers) to receive a flu vaccine. Colorado’s state health board approved a similar mandate seven-to-one this past February that would force all health organizations such as hospitals and nursing homes to prove at least 60 percent of their employees received a flu vaccination in 2012-2013; the requirement will increase to 90 percent by 2014-2015.
A similar flu shot mandate bill has been introduced in California. Healthcare staff in the California cities of San Francisco and Santa Clara are already required to take the shot; if they refuse, they must wear a mask at all times while at work.
In most cases, the only way for a healthcare worker to refuse a flu shot is on the basis of provable “medical grounds.”
According to the National Vaccine Information Center, there are eight types of commercially available flu vaccines which contain a wide array of potentially harmful ingredients: everything from toxic thimerosol (mercury) which has been shown to cause neurological disorders, to the funeral home preservative formaldehyde, to the food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG). One flu vaccine study even found that only 1.5 out of every 100 people inoculated derive any actual benefit from the annual injection. …
Because flu vaccines have been shown to cause severe reactions such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome and seizures, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides website visitors with a link to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program where anyone injured by the flu shot can file a claim. World-leading immunogeneticist Dr. Hugh Fudenberg even found that people who receive five flu shots over the course of their lifetimes have a ten times greater chance of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. …
It’s remarkable how regimented medicine has become, that there are so very few doctors willing to publically question the scientific irrationality of yearly flu vaccinations.