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Vaccine Deficient Employees Fired to Gain Health Care Funding

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  • Just before Thanksgiving, Duluth-based Essentia Health, a company which owns and operates 15 hospitals and 75 medical clinics in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Idaho, fired 69 employees who refused to get an annual flu shot
  • Hundreds more were warned by the company that their jobs were in jeopardy unless they get vaccinated. Even though Minnesota state law does not mandate influenza vaccinations for health care workers, Essentia extended the requirement to Minnesota workers as well
  • Worker’s unions have objected to the policy. The Minnesota Nurses Association and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees have filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board
  • According to a recent study, the research used to justify mandatory annual flu shots for health workers is seriously flawed, and “the policies cannot plausibly produce the benefits that had widely been assumed”
  • Other studies have concluded that vaccinating health care workers does not decrease the incidence of or mortality from influenza among patients. Meanwhile, more adults receive federal compensation for influenza vaccine injuries, such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome, than any other injury covered by the government’s vaccine injury compensation program (VICP)

By Dr. Mercola

Mandatory influenza vaccinations for health care workers — who really benefits from this draconian measure? While public health officials tell you that mandatory flu shots for all health care workers will protect patients from influenza, there's virtually no good scientific evidence to support such claims.


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