September 30, 2009
New York H1N1 Swine Flu Protest (Medical Staff Refuse To Take The Shot )
New York H1N1 Swine Flu Protest (Medical Staff Refuse To Take The Shot & Shep does NOT get it!
Health workers being forced to take flu shots this year
Washington Times....article is 3 pages in length so please click on the link for the entire article.
Health care institutions, concerned that less than half their workers got flu shots in previous years, are moving for the first time to make the shots mandatory in the face of an expected swine flu pandemic.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures for the 2007-08 flu season, the most recent available, show that just 45.4 percent of U.S. health care workers ages 19 to 64 were immunized against seasonal flu that year. Three British surveys released in recent weeks suggest the same pattern with the novel H1N1 virus, commonly known as the "swine flu" virus.
But Dr. Tom Talbot, a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, said "there has been a big wave this year" of mandatory vaccination rules, ranging from small doctors' offices to large medical care and hospital systems.
"A lot of people are leaning [toward mandatory vaccinations], pointing to it as a safety issue, akin to a surgeon refusing to do a scrub before surgery," he said.
"I think H1N1 has prompted it," he said, adding that rules for seasonal flu are in place and likely will be for H1N1 when the vaccine becomes available. He said that voluntary systems need resources to exhort workers into complying, making a mandatory policy cheaper and quicker.
The New York State Health Department, in what is thought to be the first statewide ruling of its kind, now requires all hospital, hospice and home health care workers to get both a seasonal and H1N1 flu shot. Those who defy the requirement without a religious or medical reason put their jobs at risk.
Policies for H1N1 are generally still being formulated, spokesmen at several hospitals, health care systems and professional groups nationwide told The Washington Times.
"Our policy is to strongly urge all [registered nurses] directly involved in patient care to get seasonal protection annually. We are taking a look at the situation regarding novel H1N1," said Mary McNamara of the American Nurses Association.
But with seasonal flu, policies are already in full force. As of Aug. 27, the 26,000 personnel in the Washington-Baltimore region MedStar Health system must get seasonal flu shots. For the first time, failure to comply without a documented reason is grounds for dismissal.
"A handful" of people who chose not to get a shot in the first season were dismissed, she said.
"You can get a religious or medical accommodation, say if you have a proven allergy [to eggs, the basis of the vaccine], but you still have to abide by our infection control policy," she said, meaning that such a worker would "have to wear a mask during all of flu season everywhere in the medical center except in the cafeteria while you are eating. It's really important for patient safety."
Check this out:
CBS 60 Min - 1976 Swine Flu Vaccination Fraud- Aired Nov 1979
There is also this article at NewsDay
Despite a planned rally in Albany Tuesday to protest a state regulation requiring health care workers be vaccinated against influenza — both seasonal and swine flu — New York’s top public health official predicts dissenters will ultimately extinguish their anger and roll up their sleeves.
The regulation, which was approved in August, comes with a stinging addendum: Get vaccinated or get fired.
But some nurses and many other health care providers say the regulation violates their personal freedom and leaves them vulnerable to vaccine injury. And they cite deaths associated with the last federal government swine-flu vaccination program in 1976.
Refusing to be immunized against H1N1 because of the vaccine debacle in 1976 “is like saying a plane crashed 33 years ago so I’ll never fly again,” said Dr. Richard Daines, New York State health commissioner.
New York is the only state in the nation to require that health care workers be vaccinated, though other states are considering such measures. Health workers, including doctors, must be immunized by Nov. 30. Opponents say it’s simply unnecessary.
Several registered nurses said they will neither contract nor transmit the flu because they’re constantly washing their hands.
While dozens of demonstrators are expected at the rally from throughout the state, many are from Stony Brook University Medical Center. A meeting was held last week for hospital staff on the importance of vaccination for health care workers; a special session was held for employees in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, because many nurses there had expressed concern about the vaccination plan.
strong>Wild Thing's comment.......
Shep Smith is such a jerk. wow
The health care workers were protesting this in Albany yesterday. There was talk that if they refuse the shot they will lose their job.
Posted by Wild Thing at September 30, 2009 05:49 AM
I so agree about Shep. I RUN to switch the channel when he comes on.
More Commie State bullshit.
Posted by: Eden at September 30, 2009 06:57 AM
Again a Nurse handed ole Shep his Ass. His arrogance knows no bounds. The CDC is another left wing organization funded by the government.
When Obama went to Mexico when he came back, suddenly, there was in all its glory H1N1 and the CDC immediately jumped on the "Pandemmic Bandwagon". I believe this is a fraud purported by the obama administration to force his Health Care agenda. With the return of the Swine-Flu, Mexico is not going to react the way it did 6 months ago. A third world country like Mexico is rationally handling the Flu in a logical manner, but no obama.
As the Nurse pointed out all the Drug Companies who are involved in the manufacturing of the vaccine have signed a deal with the White House to indemnify themselves against any lawsuits. So there is that little known point, why the worry, if this is so safe, why do these companies need this safeguard ?
Since obama came back from Mexico there has been a rush to produce a vaccine for the swine Flu. How do we know what controls or safeguards were used to produce this or how many double blind studies have been done with this vaccine.
During the Reagan Administration, the CDC said that AIDs would spread like the seasonal flu, it hasn't, so where is the CDC's credibility ?
H1N1 is a obama generated crisis, for each crisis they intend to take away freedoms and liberty.
New York is the only State, so far, to mandate Health Care workers to take the shot or be fired. At my wife's hospital, the ones who have gotten the shot have a, now get this, "Gold Star" after their names and Patients are encouraged to ask their Nurse why they haven't gotten the shot. Also she was told if you don't get the Flu shot then she must wear a mask from September to March.
This is nothing but fear mongering by the democrats, to help divide the country and put them at each others throats, over nonsense like a shot.
Also I've seen pictures of the H1N1 vaccine being given, they are putting it into the nose, which tends to imply this H1N1 is a Rhino type virus similar to the common cold.
We are losing our country to a bunch of leftwing pseudo crisis generators.
Posted by: Mark at September 30, 2009 07:31 AM
A young girl in Ft Worth died from swine flu last week as well as a young girl in Dallas. The local media is playing this up big. What they don't play up is how many people have gotten the swine flu and suffered less than they have from the seasonal flu. They also don't play up how many die each year from the seasonal flu.
I will get a seasonal flu shot but not the H1N1 swine flu shot. Too many variables with the swine flu shot. One influence against it is the obama bunch promoting it.
Posted by: TomR at September 30, 2009 12:39 PM
Well I, (being in the Army Reserve), am required to get the "swine flu" shot I think in December. I don't know why. I've never even had the regular flu. Which, correct me if I'm wrong, is worse than the "swine flu".
P.S. If I go Regular Army before then, I could be getting a shot much sooner. Why are these stupid shots the one thing the Army gives you a lot of?
Posted by: JohnE PFC U.S. Army at September 30, 2009 08:05 PM
Eden, yes he gotten worse and worse.
Posted by: Wild Thing at October 1, 2009 12:27 AM
Mark, thanks for the information.
That is exactly what it is
"fear mongering" by the democrats.
Posted by: Wild Thing at October 1, 2009 12:28 AM
Tom, that is what we are doing too.
"I will get a seasonal flu shot but not the H1N1 swine flu shot"
Posted by: Wild Thing at October 1, 2009 12:30 AM
JohnE PFC U.S. Army, thank you for sharing
about what is going on. I have heard that too
that the regular flu has been much worse.
Posted by: Wild Thing at October 1, 2009 12:33 AM