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mandatory flu shots Common sense for nurses to get shots

Posted on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

In reply to Juanita Oldfield’s Jan. 24 letter (“No one should be forced to get a flu shot”), every job has its duties and rules and the hospital employees knew this. As a retired medical professional and now a hospice volunteer, I was reminded of our Hippocratic Oath of Medicine: The first responsibility to our patients is to do no harm. It’s only common sense to not be a carrier of disease and get a flu shot, especially amongst the most vulnerable.

Jesus said, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, you do unto me.” Are not hospital patients especially in that category? Do they not have a right to be defended against any sort of infection from the caregivers? It is not a matter of conforming, but good standard health practices. I get my flu shots yearly, gladly.

To imply it is a matter of drug companies only out to make money or to wonder if it can be mandatory to get a flu shot prior to getting a Social Security or pension check is wild.

God bless those with compassion and common sense.

Monica Cherniak