Healthcare Workers Fired for Failing to Get Flu Vaccinations

by Melissa Melton, Infowars.com  |  published on November 22, 2012


A Cincinnati-based health system has reportedly fired 150 of its 10,800 employees because they would not get vaccinated against the flu.

Citing patient and staff protection, the company sent termination notices to the employees this week just ahead of Thanksgiving. If they agree to get a flu shot (which are offered at no cost) by December 3, the employees will get to keep their jobs.

This isn’t the first instance of healthcare workers’ freedoms being stripped away; whole states are now attempting to force healthcare workers to get vaccinated.

Last month, Rhode Island passed the first-ever full mandate requiring all healthcare employees (including doctors, nurses, and even temporary workers and medical volunteers) to receive a flu vaccine. Colorado’s state health board approved a similar mandate seven-to-one this past February that would force all health organizations such as hospitals and nursing homes to prove at least 60 percent of their employees received a flu vaccination in 2012-2013; the requirement will increase to 90 percent by 2014-2015.

A similar flu shot mandate bill has been introduced in California. Healthcare staff in the California cities of San Francisco and Santa Clara are already required to take the shot; if they refuse, they must wear a mask at all times while at work.

In most cases, the only way for a healthcare worker to refuse a flu shot is on the basis of provable “medical grounds.”

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