Should doctors and nurses be able to refuse flu shots? Hospitals are increasingly saying no

  • Article by: LINDSEY TANNER , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 12, 2013 - 7:15 PM

CHICAGO - Patients can refuse a flu shot. Should doctors and nurses have that right, too? That is the thorny question surfacing as U.S. hospitals increasingly crack down on employees who won't get flu shots, with some workers losing their jobs over their refusal.

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grandmajJan. 14, 13 1:32 PM

Friday our local clinic had only 1 doctor seeing patients with possible/positive flu symptoms to protect all areas of the clinic and staff from exposure. Doing their part in trying to prevent further contamination. Yet, you want to bet, those same patients went at least to the grocery store and drug store? Some were angry they could not 'see their doctor', and it was explained to them why. Even with taking the shot, the clinic and hospital staffs are getting sick. Doesn't matter how well you prepare yourself within the gown/cap/make between patients/patient cares, you still carry the contamination of it to another. I had several years where I did not take it. Found I had an immune issue, which made me sicker without taking the shot. So, about 20 years later, still taking the shot each year. PRESERVATIVE FREE one.

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