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Could You Be Fired for Refusing the Flu Shot?

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Fired for skipping the flu shot? That’s exactly what happened to three women at a New Jersey social service agency earlier this month.

And be prepared… This may soon be the new norm.

The Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey operates nursing homes and shelters throughout the state. They put their flu-prevention protocol into effect this past June. It states all employees must either receive a flu shot or wear a surgical mask in the workplace.

They began to enforce the mandate in October. The three women refused to comply and were suspended without pay. When the suspension was up, they still wouldn’t get the vaccine. So the company fired them.

It’s making national headlines. And it’s finally waking up the public to the bitter truth about the flu shot…

Alanda Watson is one of the women they let go. The 36-year-old mother of four doesn’t regret her stance. She says, “…There are things more important than my job. My body is of paramount importance.”1

Megan Duncan lost her job along with Watson. She argues the vaccine isn’t an effective way to prevent the flu, “People who get the vaccine can still get sick.”

She’s right. Last season the flu shot was widely considered a disaster, even by the CDC. It was only 23% effective.2 So far, this year is even worse. Officials expected 50-60% effectiveness for this year’s batch. But early reports show it isn’t even 20% effective against this year’s dominant flu strain, H3N2.3

The women who were fired didn’t even come into contact with elderly residents. They worked in the billing department at the company’s headquarters—not in a nursing home.4

An Indiana hospital fired eight workers—including three veteran nurses—for declining flu shots. Fifteen more hospital employees across four different states got the axe for the same reason.5 More hospitals are adopting these policies every year.

The University of Michigan Health System is one of them. It now requires flu vaccines for all employees. And it doesn’t matter if they ever come into contact with patients. As of December 1st, they risk termination for violating the policy.

Wendy Banka, a research specialist, spoke out at their recent board meeting. She argued, “The choice of whether to get a flu shot belongs to the individual. Not the institution. I have not and will not be getting a flu vaccine.”6

Banka expects to be fired.

What makes the New Jersey case different is that it calls for mandatory vaccination outside of a medical setting. It could set a precedent for other places of employment. Banks, hotels, restaurants, shopping malls…

Fact is, the seasonal vaccine isn’t your best defense against the flu.

There are natural ways to avoid the flu this season. Spending more time in the sun and gargling with salt water may be enough to flu-proof your immune system. And unlike the shot, they don’t put you at risk for side effects. Another notable difference? They actually work.

Should employers have the power to impose mandatory flu vaccinations on workers? Let us know in the comments, below.

In Good Health,
angela salerno
Angela Salerno
Publisher, INH Health Watch

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References:
1http://www.nj.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2015/11/office_workers_who_refused_flu_shot_suspended_with.html
2https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/01/15/cdc-flu-vaccine-only-23-percent-effective-this-season-but-still-better-than-nothing/
3http://atlanta.cbslocal.com/2015/11/16/flu-vaccine-less-effective/
4http://www.nj.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2015/12/fired_over_a_flu_shot_office_workers_let_go_after.html
5http://time.com/money/4101787/flu-shot-mandatory-workers-fired/
6http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/12/u-ms_new_mandatory_flu_vaccine.html




Comments

  1. have a friend who received a flu shot every year after age 60 and, until he died at 77, he got very sick WITH THE FLU about a week after each of those flu shots!
    I am in my 70’s and have NEVER had said shot nor have I EVER had the flu.
    Same for my wife and children (adults now).
    More and more “less young” folk like myself are NOT getting those shots.
    If the gov’t. wasn’t getting paid by big pharma maybe these things wouldn’t be forced upon us.
    The companies in the article above are afraid of lawsuits but are carrying it too far when requiring workers who do not come in contact with the public to get the shots!

  2. No Business, Group, organization, or government has the right to force people to endanger themselves. We are not a communist country YET.

  3. I will never get a flu shot and I have never had the flu.

  4. i was informed that it was a mandate by the president of the united states that all health care workers had to get the flu vax even if they had never been sick FOR YEARS of employment

    the masks they are required to use if not are ONLY supposed to be worn 20 min at a time and checking with the military even a gas mask or their best ‘mask’ is not to be worn > 3 hrs

    when i brought this up the higher powers did not know this…and i suggested that mask uses keep a box of masks with them as they break down into inhalable fragments (ahem…)

    it is a witch hunt and SOMEBODY is making alot of money for it

    it is also NOT smart medicine, it is fear-mongering and control

    is it LEGAL when you are forced to lose or job OR to have to have something injected into your body that you do not want?

    how CAN it be LEGAL? where are the lawsuits? i do not understand

    1. The pendulum has swung so far to one side that it will be moving the other way soon. It is important that everyone refuse to be forced into being vaccinated when they don’t want it. More importantly, watch carefully for the failure of those demanding vaccination to have it themselves. When you have knowledge of such action you should broadcast that information as widely as possible in every form of media available. It is common knowledge that large percentages of doctors fail to vaccinate their children and themselves. Make sure everyone knows who these people are. When enough of them have been outed they will back off.

  5. I have never had a flu shot and never will. I haven’t had the flu for at least 10 years. I practice healthly alternatives.

  6. Much of the “mandatories” of all stripes, including vaccination are predicated on ObamaCare—we are paying for your healthcare, we have the right to tell you what to do. It is also a sign of the global intrusion slowly but surely heading our way. As with food choices, medical choices are eroding & will continue to do so. Freedoms worth keeping are worth fighting for. Bravo to those taking a stand.

  7. no one should be required to take any shot this is a free country right!!!!!

  8. I work in administration at a hospice and we also have a mandatory flu vaccination program. What you don’t hear is the real reason behind these policies, which is funding from Medicaid/Medicare, because government is in bed with Pharmaceutical corporations. I currently get a medical exemption, but I would refuse the shot even if I didn’t have this medical condition. The flu shot is not without risks, and many people have terrible reactions to it which do far more damage than the flu.

  9. I say fire the policy makers instead of the workers, if its only 30% effective then your 70 % not protected. and people should research what the flu ingrediance are, I have. Check out Dr. John Bergman on youtube and see what he says about the flu shot. I see a lot of people moving to Canada as vaccines are not manditory here. nor should they be.

    1. Seems like Big Brother is here. When did communism rear it’s head.
      this is not legal !!!!

  10. It is unconstitutional to force this on the citizens of the USA. Is this Big Brother talking ? What gives the Gov’t or anyone for that matter the right to force the people to take something that is not even 90% effective, and some people actually die from ??

  11. Good health practices with a strong immunity is our body’s best defense. It is the misguided big pharma that is pushing this just as they are the terrible choices our medical insurance is given in treating cancer. The FDA is under the control of “bIG PHARMA” and their motivation is profit centered rather than well-being of of those in need.

  12. Flu shots have many toxic and potentially dangerous chemicals. Because the virus strains are bred in eggs, sheep guts, monkey brains or fetal diploid tissue, manufacturers have to use potent preservatives to prevent bacteria or fungus from contaminating the vaccine. Most of the preservatives used are known to be toxic and some are even recognized carcinogens listed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Additionally, some flu shots contain live “attenuated” viruses, capable of actually causing side-effects identical to the flu.

    Would You Put these Toxic Chemicals in Your Body?

    I randomly chose two popular flu shots and came up with a scary list of stabilizers and preservatives used in them. Antibiotics also act as preservatives in the shots, and I marked them with an asterisk (*).

    Below are the brand names and the preservatives used in each:

    Fluvirin by Medeva Pharmaceuticals

    Contains influenza virus, neomycin*, polymyxin*, beta-propiolactone, chick embryonic fluid.

    Beta-propiolactone is a potent and toxic disinfectant used to sterilize blood plasma, shots, tissue grafts, surgical instruments, and enzymes. It is also “reasonably expected to be a human carcinogen”, especially when injected into the bloodstream (International Agency for Research on Cancer, 1999).

    Flushield by Wyeth-Ayerst

    Contains trivalent influenza virus, types A&B gentamicin sulphate*, formaldehyde, thimerosal, and polysorbate 80 (Tween-80), chick embryonic fluid.

    Formaldehyde: please refer to Formalin.

    Thimerosal is a mercury derivative and a highly toxic heavy metal that attacks every organ and system in the body. Thimerosal is made of thiosalicylic acid and a form of mercury called ethyl mercury. When all is said and done, mercury is 49.59% of the weight of thimerosal. Researchers have confirmed that it’s unsafe to touch or swallow the mercury from a broken thermometer, yet health practitioners recommend that you inject the same poison directly into your body through a shot. Additionally, some studies have linked high levels of mercury to Alzheimer’s disease. Thimerosal is a registered pesticide with the Department of Pesticide Registration of the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Polysorbate 80 (also known as Tween 80): Generally contaminated with the carcinogen 1,4-dioxane, it has been shown to have estrogenic alterative effects and cause reproductive disturbances in rats.

  13. I the early 1970s, my former employer (I am retired, now) instituted a policy that all employees would get a flu shot every year; it would be administered by the company’s in house medical department, on the idea that it would cut down on lost productivity and use of sick leave because of the flu. Many of us who got the shot got violently ill from it, and a few of us who were out of work for a week or two were given disciplinary letters for using too much sick time. After the second year of this, I refused to take the shot and gave my past experience as evidence that it was not a good thing for me, or for some others; guess what happened: I got a disciplinary letter for insubordination for refusing to comply with a company ordered policy. Since I was represented by a trade union, I file a grievance against the company, and got the disciplinary actions reversed, and was never bothered about it again; the company quietly changed their policy from one of demand to one of offering the inoculation if a person wanted it. As an aside, I have seldom gotten the flu since I stopped getting the shot – been forty years or so, now.

  14. Should employers have the power to impose mandatory flu vaccinations on workers?? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! We should never be forced to do things that harm us! But…Please tell me how we can stop this racing train! All our comments on a blog like this is not the answer. We are helplessly watching it (like a 1000 other train wrecks) happen! The majority are not in control! Give us a real solution! We know the problem! Give us a solution!

  15. I cannot believe this is happening in the USA!
    A supposed FREE Country, and Member / Signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948, which promotes Freedom of Choice and Freedom from Oppression!
    Even the US’s own AMA (Medical Association) Adopts the Right to Refuse Medical Health and the Right to Self Determination!
    Where are these Rights, if Employers Force Staff to take something against their Will, then Fire them if they Do Not comply?
    I’m sure this Forced Vaccination against an ineffective FLU Virus is Illegal, and those Employees Fired for Standing up for their Rights, should SUE!
    I would explore Wrongful Dismissal and Workplace Bullying Legislation, and persue the Employer.
    My Fear is If we all Vaccinate, we Create SUPER BUGS!
    Any Doubts, Research Corpus Christi, Texas USA.
    Darren

    1. unfortunately super bugs are already here

  16. http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-disney-measles-outbreak-evidence-reveals-a-failing-measles-vaccine-is-to-blame/5426016

    1985, Texas, USA: According to an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine in
    1987, “An outbreak of measles occurred among adolescents in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the spring of 1985, even though vaccination requirements for school attendance had been thoroughly enforced.” They concluded: “We conclude that outbreaks of measles can occur in secondary schools, even when more than 99 percent of the students have been vaccinated and more than 95 percent are immune.”

  17. If employers can legally force employees to get the flu shot, then employers need to be legally responsible for compensation to employees for adverse reactions. Where is the big time civil liberties union ?

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