Should Flu Vaccine Be Mandatory for Medical Staff?

December 12, 2018

An unidentified nurse who was allegedly fired for refusing a flu vaccine drew the attention of protesters, who rallied in support of what they said was a violation of her conscience protection rights.

Mercy Hospital South in St. Louis, Missouri, allegedly fired the nurse in November for refusing to comply with the hospital's requirement that all employees be vaccinated for influenza, according to a Facebook posting by a colleague who organized the protest.

The news comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that vaccination rates among healthcare workers have plateaued over the past 4 years at a meager 74% overall. Rates are highest — 95% — in workplaces that require vaccination. Some two thirds of hospitals now require flu vaccination, according to a study published in June.

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