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Worker Could be Punished Over Flu Shot

Healthcare Workers

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  • St. Louis County, Missouri hospital employees are required to get a flu shot, or they will become ineligible for a raise in 2013, as well as face corrective action in the form of a written warning.
  • In Switzerland, some health care workers are not only personally refusing to get vaccinated for the flu, but they’re reluctant to offer the vaccine to their patients either, due to lack of effectiveness data and side effect concerns.
  • The flu vaccine is, at best, only effective against influenza A and B, which represents only about 10 percent of all circulating viruses. This means that even if you get a flu shot, and it happens to be effective for you, you’re still completely vulnerable to 90 percent of the flu-like viruses that are circulating in your area…
  • State health department officials are increasingly joining with medical trade association lobbyists in many states to severely restrict or eliminate medical, religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions for not only health care workers but all children and their parents.

By Dr. Mercola

An employee of Mercy Hospital in West St. Louis County, Missouri recently spoke with CNN about her frustrations surrounding their flu shot policy.


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