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 Post subject: Re: Vegan suing hospita for firing her bcz she refused flu s
PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:52 pm 
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Do your health beliefs and values include infecting your patients with diseases that could potentially kill them? If that's how you feel, then the hospital has an obligation to not let you near patients who could have weak immune systems.

Once you become a health care professional, your own personal beliefs are trumped by your obligation to the patients you care for. I would be incredibly angry to find that a health care professional I was working with (or had taken my children to) had infected me or them with the flu or some other disease because they refused to be immunized.

So, no, your decisions do not deserve the same autonomy granted to your patients. That was a decision you should have realized you were making when you became a health care professional.

You misunderstand the science behind infection transmission.

I don't know how to make this more clear: a person can't transmit a virus they're not hosting. ***edit: I should have been clear that that refers to an airborne/droplet virus. A nurse/doctor/etc can transmit viruses between patients in an iatrogenic fashion (ie: stethoscope, sphygmomanometer, unwashed hands) if that virus is indeed spread by contact, in which case a vaccinated nurse/doctor/etc isn't going to prevent the spread of that virus. /edit
And you don't catch the flu from a healthcare worker because the healthcare worker is unvaccinated; you catch it from a healthcare worker who is (vaccinated or not) sick and coughing/sneezing/spitting at work when they should have stayed home.

2 health beliefs I have: 1) meticulous hand hygiene prevents the spread of infection (this is supported by evidence as the most effective infection-control measure); 2) I stay home when I'm sick.

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2 health beliefs I have: 1) meticulous hand hygiene prevents the spread of infection (this is supported by evidence as the most effective infection-control measure); 2) I stay home when I'm sick.

Neither of those are "beliefs" but rather methods supported by scientific theory and evidence. Neither precludes you from transmitting influenza, as you can be contagious before you develop symptoms. Hand washing doesn't completely eliminate microbes on your hands, and it doesn't address respiratory droplets. Masks can reduce the risk in that regard, but again don't eliminate it.

I fail to see how getting a vaccine interferes with either of those "beliefs." Obviously both hand hygiene and staying home when you might be contagious are still recommended (really required, but not completely enforced) in healthcare regardless of what vaccines you have received.


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Neither of those are "beliefs" but rather methods supported by scientific theory and evidence. Neither precludes you from transmitting influenza, as you can be contagious before you develop symptoms. Hand washing doesn't completely eliminate microbes on your hands, and it doesn't address respiratory droplets. Masks can reduce the risk in that regard, but again don't eliminate it.


Yes. This was my point.

And let me tell you, I respect the hell out of health care workers-- it is (stupidly at this point) a largely thankless job. (People besides big-name surgeons and stuff should be highly respected, but so should teachers, if you see what I mean.) But man, all that lifesaving-- if you then somebody dies because a healthcare worker refused a vaccine and passed on a disease to somebody whose immune system was already weak, and they become very ill or die as a result-- what good is it then? Who cares how many lives you saved intentionally if you then kill somebody along the way? Do you do the math? "Saved 40, killed 1, net gain of 39, hooray!" Maybe that IS how it works. I don't know.

That's actually a lot of why I wouldn't get into healthcare. I had the chance, about 20 years ago, to go run the network infrastructure for the "I've fallen and I can't get up!" lifeline people. They have a fantastically complex and redundant setup. They claimed they took X amount of calls a year (it was in the range of millions), of which 95% were just demos ("...and then the nice people will come help. Hi guys, don't send anyone this time!") and claimed something like 0.7% downtime. I did that math and figured out that meant a potential 35 dead grandmothers during that window when the system was non-responsive, and turned down the job. I'm a pretty conscientious system administrator, but I don't want anyone's life to depend on my programming abilities.

Anyway, the point is that if people's lives depend on you, it behooves you to do everything you can to defend those lives, even at the cost of relatively minor inconvenience to you.

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And let me tell you, I respect the hell out of health care workers-- it is (stupidly at this point) a largely thankless job. (People besides big-name surgeons and stuff should be highly respected, but so should teachers, if you see what I mean.)


I agree with this completely. And we know that the flu vaccines aren't perfect. They only contain 3 strains and the shot contains the dead virus which is safer but less effective than the live virus. If you work in healthcare though and the place you work says 'hey guys, we've assessed the situation and we want everyone to get the flu shot this year as we think it is the best thing to do in terms of public health', then I'd expect workers to do it. Sure, you may disagree but again, unless it would harm you, then you should do it. It doesn't matter if the place didn't ever require flu shots previously or whatever.

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Yeah, although the pharmacist is also an employee, and is protected by law to refuse to fulfill prescriptions.


I cannot believe this is actually the law. It just seems so absurd to me. When I go to the pharmacy, they are required by law to order any medication my doctor has prescribed to me, even if they have another brand or I could walk 20 mins to another pharmacy.. Because it's medicine, and it's important. I cannot believe that someone working in a pharmacy can say "nah, it's against my beliefs". My mind is officially blown.


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I didn't not get it because of my beliefs. I nearly always get it because I want to minimise the risk of me getting flu because I have asthma and can get very ill, very quickly. The reason I didn't get it was because they were only administering it on certain days and the people I work with wouldn't leave me off the unit to get it. These are the same people that forced me to keep working with a bad case of bronchitis a year ago. I work in the community so the risks are a lot lower. It isn't in our contract that we have to get it, but if I was working in an area that meant I was in contact with at risk populations I would have kicked up a stink about not being allowed to go get it.

Saying that, I've had colleagues come to work with the flu and had to work in a tiny room with them and I didn't catch anything this year despite not getting the vaccine.

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 Post subject: Re: Vegan suing hospita for firing her bcz she refused flu s
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Maybe if we actually gave people better sick leave, less people would show up to work sick, and then it turn less people would get sick. Just a thought.
I don't work in healthcare, so I have nothing to say about from that aspect. As a patient, I could care less if the people working around me had gotten their flu shots or not. I've never had a flu shot, not even as a child, and I've never gotten the flu. I've even shared beers and cigarettes with people who had the flu. Everyone I know personally, who has had the flu, got it after getting a flu shot. I know it's not science, just my personal experience.
I don't think vaccines in general are a bad thing, but I do think that filling them up with toxic chemicals is (be the vaccine vegan or not). The flu shot is only 60% effective and only inoculates you against a select few of the hundreds of strains of flu floating around out there. So I really don't see the point of injecting myself with a bunch of mercury for something that probably isn't going to do anything anyway, and I wouldn't expect anyone else too if they don't want to, at least not when it comes to flu shot. Vaccines for other contagious diseases, in which cases are more effective anyway, then it makes sense. But it doesn't make sense when it comes to the flu shot. And vaccines for other diseases don't all have the same chemicals as in the flu shot.


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smoothie wrote:
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Yeah, although the pharmacist is also an employee, and is protected by law to refuse to fulfill prescriptions.


I cannot believe this is actually the law. It just seems so absurd to me. When I go to the pharmacy, they are required by law to order any medication my doctor has prescribed to me, even if they have another brand or I could walk 20 mins to another pharmacy.. Because it's medicine, and it's important. I cannot believe that someone working in a pharmacy can say "nah, it's against my beliefs". My mind is officially blown.


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But it doesn't make sense when it comes to the flu shot. And vaccines for other diseases don't all have the same chemicals as in the flu shot.


I guess we don't hear about it but every flu season, 10s of thousands of people die from the flu in the US, mostly elderly and some young. We tend to hear about the young people. Yes, it inoculates only a few strains of flu, the ones deemed most critical. yes it isn't as effective since it is the killed virus so that you can't actually get the virus from the flu but even if it is only 60% effective that might make the difference between someone getting the flu and dying or not getting the flu.

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The flu shot is only 60% effective and only inoculates you against a select few of the hundreds of strains of flu floating around out there. So I really don't see the point of injecting myself with a bunch of mercury for something that probably isn't going to do anything anyway,


Actually, at 60% effectiveness, it probably IS going to do something.

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I'm actually not certain I believe that religious beliefs should trump public health.

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I just wanted to clear one thing up, as I've seen it a couple of times here. The flu shot is a killed virus, so you can't get influenza from it. That it is killed, however, does not make it less effective than a live virus vaccine. The nasal spray flu vaccine is actually a live attenuated virus, and from what I have read so far it is slightly less effective than the shot. Healthy people won't get influenza from the nasal spray vaccine either because it is a weakened virus, but it could theoretically cause an infection in certain groups of people so it isn't recommended for everyone.


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But it doesn't make sense when it comes to the flu shot. And vaccines for other diseases don't all have the same chemicals as in the flu shot.


I guess we don't hear about it but every flu season, 10s of thousands of people die from the flu in the US, mostly elderly and some young. We tend to hear about the young people. Yes, it inoculates only a few strains of flu, the ones deemed most critical. yes it isn't as effective since it is the killed virus so that you can't actually get the virus from the flu but even if it is only 60% effective that might make the difference between someone getting the flu and dying or not getting the flu.

Most years around 3,000 people, not tens. Every now and then for whatever reason it hits the 5 digits. The elderly are at higher risk then the young. It makes sense for people in the high risk category to get it. I'm not high risk, so it doesn't make sense for me.

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The flu shot is only 60% effective and only inoculates you against a select few of the hundreds of strains of flu floating around out there. So I really don't see the point of injecting myself with a bunch of mercury for something that probably isn't going to do anything anyway,


Actually, at 60% effectiveness, it probably IS going to do something.

Funny, I wouldn't take a birth control pill that was 60% effective. Birth control is 99.% effective. Want to have this conversation again when the flu shot is 99% effective?


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I don't think the flu shot is really comparable to birth control, but if a 60% bc pill was all that was available, i think people would still use it.

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But it doesn't make sense when it comes to the flu shot. And vaccines for other diseases don't all have the same chemicals as in the flu shot.


I guess we don't hear about it but every flu season, 10s of thousands of people die from the flu in the US, mostly elderly and some young. We tend to hear about the young people. Yes, it inoculates only a few strains of flu, the ones deemed most critical. yes it isn't as effective since it is the killed virus so that you can't actually get the virus from the flu but even if it is only 60% effective that might make the difference between someone getting the flu and dying or not getting the flu.

Most years around 3,000 people, not tens. Every now and then for whatever reason it hits the 5 digits. The elderly are at higher risk then the young. It makes sense for people in the high risk category to get it. I'm not high risk, so it doesn't make sense for me.

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The flu shot is only 60% effective and only inoculates you against a select few of the hundreds of strains of flu floating around out there. So I really don't see the point of injecting myself with a bunch of mercury for something that probably isn't going to do anything anyway,


Actually, at 60% effectiveness, it probably IS going to do something.

Funny, I wouldn't take a birth control pill that was 60% effective. Birth control is 99.% effective. Want to have this conversation again when the flu shot is 99% effective?


So, you are comparing IUD and implants to flu shots? Birth Control Pills require that you take the pill at the same time each day and not forget. In real life they are less effective than either the IUD or the implant.

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So, you are comparing IUD and implants to flu shots? Birth Control Pills require that you take the pill at the same time each day and not forget. In real life they are less effective than either the IUD or the implant.

I was comparing the effectiveness. A lot of things we take are much more then 60% effective. That's the point. 60% effectiveness is not convincing for me. Most of our vaccines, medications, medical procedures have much higher rates of effectiveness when used properly when compared to the flu shot. it doesn't matter which one you want to single out.
IUD' and implants scare me. I don't like the idea of objects hanging out in my body.
I also don't see how having to use something properly is some sort of argument against it. That's just an argument to follow instructions and use things the way they were intended.


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The argument that flu shots ought to be more effective before being required in healthcare workers only makes sense if there are significant risks associated with the shot. There are not.


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I just wanted to clear one thing up, as I've seen it a couple of times here. The flu shot is a killed virus, so you can't get influenza from it. That it is killed, however, does not make it less effective than a live virus vaccine. The nasal spray flu vaccine is actually a live attenuated virus, and from what I have read so far it is slightly less effective than the shot. Healthy people won't get influenza from the nasal spray vaccine either because it is a weakened virus, but it could theoretically cause an infection in certain groups of people so it isn't recommended for everyone.


I apologize for misinformation then, I thought I had read that the live attenuated virus was more effective but I could've misread.

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So, you are comparing IUD and implants to flu shots? Birth Control Pills require that you take the pill at the same time each day and not forget. In real life they are less effective than either the IUD or the implant.

I was comparing the effectiveness. A lot of things we take are much more then 60% effective. That's the point. 60% effectiveness is not convincing for me. Most of our vaccines, medications, medical procedures have much higher rates of effectiveness when used properly when compared to the flu shot. it doesn't matter which one you want to single out.
IUD' and implants scare me. I don't like the idea of objects hanging out in my body.
I also don't see how having to use something properly is some sort of argument against it. That's just an argument to follow instructions and use things the way they were intended.


When you are working with people with compromised immune systems, a 60% effectiveness is still better than 0% effectiveness. Most often normal healthy people don't get the flu shot for themselves, they get it to try to prevent spreading the flu to others.

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So, you are comparing IUD and implants to flu shots? Birth Control Pills require that you take the pill at the same time each day and not forget. In real life they are less effective than either the IUD or the implant.

I was comparing the effectiveness. A lot of things we take are much more then 60% effective. That's the point. 60% effectiveness is not convincing for me. Most of our vaccines, medications, medical procedures have much higher rates of effectiveness when used properly when compared to the flu shot. it doesn't matter which one you want to single out.
IUD' and implants scare me. I don't like the idea of objects hanging out in my body.
I also don't see how having to use something properly is some sort of argument against it. That's just an argument to follow instructions and use things the way they were intended.


When you are working with people with compromised immune systems, a 60% effectiveness is still better than 0% effectiveness. Most often normal healthy people don't get the flu shot for themselves, they get it to try to prevent spreading the flu to others.

My immune system isn't compromised. Washing my hands is more effective then getting a shot. besides I don't get the flu. Can't spread something I don't have.


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I just wanted to clear one thing up, as I've seen it a couple of times here. The flu shot is a killed virus, so you can't get influenza from it. That it is killed, however, does not make it less effective than a live virus vaccine. The nasal spray flu vaccine is actually a live attenuated virus, and from what I have read so far it is slightly less effective than the shot. Healthy people won't get influenza from the nasal spray vaccine either because it is a weakened virus, but it could theoretically cause an infection in certain groups of people so it isn't recommended for everyone.


I apologize for misinformation then, I thought I had read that the live attenuated virus was more effective but I could've misread.

I looked at this again, and it looks like comparable data about this year's nasal flu vaccine isn't really available because they didn't test patients in the study for influenza. I think which vaccine is better might vary year to year? I had the impression the nasal vaccine was better, but when I looked into it in the fall I found some data that indicated the nasal vaccine was slightly less effective, but that might have been last year's vaccine. Sadly I haven't been able to locate that publication again. But I don't think there is a reason to think the nasal spray live vaccine is going to be better across the board by virtue of being a live vaccine.

Regardless, any flu vaccine is better protection than none. :)


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So, you are comparing IUD and implants to flu shots? Birth Control Pills require that you take the pill at the same time each day and not forget. In real life they are less effective than either the IUD or the implant.

I was comparing the effectiveness. A lot of things we take are much more then 60% effective. That's the point. 60% effectiveness is not convincing for me. Most of our vaccines, medications, medical procedures have much higher rates of effectiveness when used properly when compared to the flu shot. it doesn't matter which one you want to single out.
IUD' and implants scare me. I don't like the idea of objects hanging out in my body.
I also don't see how having to use something properly is some sort of argument against it. That's just an argument to follow instructions and use things the way they were intended.



While fears should be acknowledged, I can't endorse making any medical decisions based on fear alone. Vaccines work. Full stop. It's not getting an injection of mercury. That's hyperbole.

If you work with the sick, the public, children, the elderly...you should be vaccinated so that the chances you will infect someone else will be lessened.

If you are really sharing cigarettes with people you are putting things far worse than a flu vaccine in your body.

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I do not have pubmed access and can't get access to the sources i want to quote so I am going to quote an article here with resources embedded.
Don't get me wrong, I respect nurses greatly. You indeed saved my daughter's life many times. I owe a lot to nurses, and got to know them well, and know that nurses and healthcare workers do not get the sick time off that they need and deserve.
My kid was immunosuppressed. So immunosuppressed, in fact, that everyone who came into contact with her, family or friend, had to get the flu shot [and her sister had to get the RSV shots every month], and when I asked the doctor just how important it was, I was informed that Child Protective Services would be called and I would be charged with medical neglect if I didn't. [so much for my own liberty and ethics, but that's a different issue, and i have to say I asked only out of curiosity, i would have done anything they told me to if it kept her healthy]
When she was having seizures, I needed to take her to the hospital. Sometimes even during flu season. I couldn't just "keep her home" if i didn't want to take the chance, as i've heard anti-vaccine people suggest. She had to have an emergency surgery during flu season, for pete's sake. Surely handwashing and droplet precautions helped, but vaccines also did. People who do not have functioning immune systems are bearing the brunt of those who prefer to risk it or just assume that they won't get sick.

There is data about asymptomatic carriers, rates of infection as compared to rates of vaccination in hospitals, etc.

I hate that this has to be a jerky-parent-against-careworkers thing. But if there are data showing that increased rates of vaccination cause fewer cases of flu infection, and these infections are leading to DEATHS, I'm having a really hard time understanding the debate here.
http://www.acponline.org/clinical_infor ... lu_hcw.pdf
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ACP Policy on Influenza Vaccination of Health Care Workers
BACKGROUND
The discussion over vaccination of health care workers (HCWs) for influenza must begin
with an undisputed set of facts: 1) Influenza vaccines are safe and effective, 2)
Unvaccinated HCWs spread influenza to their patients, 3) Hospitalized and other
vulnerable patients can have prolonged hospitalizations, severe illnesses, and can die as a
result of influenza transmission from HCWs.
Transmission of influenza from HCWs to patients has been documented in nearly every
health care setting.
1
Multiple studies show that 70 percent or more of HCWs continue to
work despite being ill with influenza, increasing exposure of patients and co-workers.
Serologic studies suggest that up to 25% of HCWs have evidence of influenza infection
each season.
2,3
Influenza can be transmitted while asymptomatic – allowing HCWs to
spread the infection to patients and other staff before they know they are ill.
4
Fifty
percent of HCWs who have influenza infections are asymptomatic or have only minor
symptoms.
5
A review of nosocomial influenza outbreaks in the hospital setting compared attack rates
of patients with those of HCWs, and found that HCW attack rates mirrored, and even
surpassed, patient attack rates in epidemic areas of the hospital.
6
In addition, the study
reported median excess patient mortality rates of 16 percent, with rates in excess of 33 to
60 percent for ICU and transplant units.
LEADERS ON THIS ISSUE
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended influenza vaccination
for all health care workers since 1981. The major professional societies have all endorsed
and published recommendations requiring HCWs with direct patient care to be
immunized. In addition, the Joint Commission standard (effective January 2007) requires
organizations to establish an annual influenza vaccination program, educate staff and
physicians about flu vaccination, evaluate vaccination rates and reasons for
nonparticipation in the immunization program at the unit level, and implement
enhancements to the program to increase participation.
The recommendation of the Adult Immunization Advisory Board is that a series of
educational activities be centered on this message:
An annual influenza vaccine should be required for every health care worker with
direct patient care activities, unless a medical contraindication to influenza
immunization exists or a religious objection to immunization exists. If, however,
health care workers invoke those exceptions, they must still fulfill their ethical
obligations to patients and colleagues by not engaging in direct patient care
activities if flu-like symptoms are present. In addition, those health care workers
who cannot receive flu vaccines due to medical or religious contraindications should either be re-assigned to non-patient care areas during influenza season or wear a
mask at all times during influenza season in the context of patient care.
In so doing, we are proposing only to do for influenza vaccination of HCW that which we
already require for HCWs for hepatitis B, measles, mumps, varicella, and annual TB
screening. HCW immunization rates now exceed 96% - 99% after mandatory
requirements for rubella, measles, mumps, hepatitis B, and varicella vaccinations. Once
OSHA mandated Hepatitis B immunization for HCWs – OR – informed declination,
immunization rates skyrocketed and now exceed 99%.
THE EVIDENCE
Immunizing health care workers safely and effectively prevents a significant number of
influenza infections, hospitalizations, and deaths among the patients they care for, as well
as preventing workplace disruption and medical errors by workers absent from work due
to illness, or present at work but ill.
7,8,9
Influenza vaccination of HCWs lowers mortality among patients. A study of 20 hospitals
found an overall 51% staff vaccination rate in hospitals where vaccine was offered vs.
5% staff vaccination rate in hospitals where influenza vaccine was not offered. Mortality
among patients was 13.6% (102/749) in the hospitals providing HCW vaccination vs.
22.4% (154/688) (P = 0.01) in hospitals that did not.
10
In another study of 12 hospitals,
HCWs and patients were randomized to receive influenza vaccine. There was no
difference in patient mortality between hospitals with patients who received vaccine and
patients who did not. However, the mortality rate among patients in hospitals where
HCWs got vaccine was 10%, compared with 17% among hospitals that did not immunize
HCWs.
11
Influenza vaccination of health care workers results in improved patient safety, improved
employee safety, and decreased health care expenditures.
12,13
In a 2003 study of
University of Ontario house staff, house staff reported working during most days they
were ill and infectious. Vaccination was associated with a 30% decrease in ILI (p=0.05),
a 43% decrease in fever and cough (p=0.03), and a 63% reduction in absenteeism. Thirty
percent of unvaccinated but 60% of vaccinated residents believed flu vaccination should
be mandatory, but depended upon the system to make sure they received it.
14
AN ETHICAL OBLIGATION
Vaccinating HCWs against influenza represents a duty of care, and a standard of quality
care,
15,16,17
so it should be reasonable that this duty should supersede HCW personal
preference. Internists care for the patients most at risk of influenza-related morbidity and
mortality. As Rea and Upshur state ―Physicians have an obligation to their patients to
take all reasonable actions to prevent transmission in the context of patient care.‖
18
The
needs of the patients we as internists are privileged to care for must come before HCW
preference – and as the professional society representing internists, ACP endorses taking
such a leadership position. REFERENCES
1
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. SHEA Position Paper: Influenza
vaccination of healthcare workers and vaccine allocation for healthcare workers during
vaccine shortages, 2005. Available at http://www.sheaonline.org/Assets/files/ ... L_9-28.pdf. Accessed 05/07/07.
2
Carman WF, Elder AG, Wallace LA, et al. Effects of influenza vaccination of healthcare workers on mortality of elderly people in long-term care: a randomised controlled
trial. Lancet. 2000 Jan 8;355(9198):93-7.
3
Potter J, Stott DJ, Roberts MA, et al. Influenza vaccination of health care workers in
long-term-care hospitals reduces the mortality of elderly patients. J Infect Dis. 1997
Jan;175(1):1-6.
4
Ludwig-Beymer P, Gerc SC. An influenza prevention campaign: the employee
perspective. J Nurs Care Qual. 2002 Apr;16(3):1-12.
5
Stott DJ, Kerr G, Carman WF. Nosocomial transmission of influenza. Occup Med
(Lond). 2002 Aug;52(5):249-53.
6
Salgado CD, Farr BM, Hall KK, Hayden FG. Influenza in the acute hospital setting.
Lancet Infect Dis. 2002 Mar;2(3):145-55. Review. Erratum in: Lancet Infect Dis 2002
Jun;2(6):383.
7Wilde JA, McMillan JA, Serwint J, Butta J, O’Riordan MA, Steinhoff MC.
Effectiveness of influenza vaccine in health care professionals. A randomized trial. JAMA
1999;281:908–13.
8
Bridges CB, Thompson WW, Meltzer MI, Reeve GR, Talamonti WJ, Cox NJ, et al.
Effectiveness and cost-benefit of influenza vaccination of healthy working adults: A
randomized controlled trial. JAMA 2000;284:1655–63.
9
Demicheli V, Jefferson T, Rivetti D, Deeks J. Prevention and early treatment of
influenza in healthy adults. Vaccine 2000;18:957–1030.
10
Carman WF, Elder AG, Wallace LA, et al. Effects of influenza vaccination of healthcare workers on mortality of elderly people in long-term care: a randomised controlled
trial. Lancet. 2000 Jan 8;355(9198):93-7.
11
Potter J, Stott DJ, Roberts MA, et al. Influenza vaccination of health care workers in
long-term-care hospitals reduces the mortality of elderly patients. J Infect Dis. 1997
Jan;175(1):1-6.
12
Nichol KL, Lind A, Margolis KL, Murdoch M, McFadden R, Hauge M, et al. The
effectiveness of vaccination against influenza in healthy, working adults. N Engl J Med
1995;333:889–93.
13
Carman WF, Elder AG, Wallace LA, McAulay K, Walker A, Murray GD, et al. Effects
of influenza vaccination of health-care workers on mortality of elderly people in longterm care: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet 2000;355:93–7.
14
Lester RT, McGeer A, Tomlinson G, Detsky AS. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2003
Nov;24(11):839-44.
15
Partnership for Prevention. Strengthening adult immunization: a call to action.
Available at http://prevent.org/images/stories/Files ... Action.pdf. Accessed
05/07/07.
16
National Quality Forum. Safe practices for better healthcare: 2006 Update—a
consensus report. Washington DC, 2006.

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linanil wrote:
Alaina wrote:
When you are working with people with compromised immune systems, a 60% effectiveness is still better than 0% effectiveness. Most often normal healthy people don't get the flu shot for themselves, they get it to try to prevent spreading the flu to others.

My immune system isn't compromised. Washing my hands is more effective then getting a shot. besides I don't get the flu. Can't spread something I don't have.


The issue is regarding those that work in areas that would have people with compromised immune systems and those employers requiring the flu shot. Also, just because you don't get sick doesn't mean you aren't an asymptomatic carrier who could spread the virus.

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Alaina wrote:
My immune system isn't compromised. Washing my hands is more effective then getting a shot. besides I don't get the flu. Can't spread something I don't have.


Your anecdotal luck is not proof that you will never get sick.

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