Constitutionality of mandating flu shots
(See, for example, the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recent position statement on this issue.) Although some of the recommendations–and some mandates–have been around for several years, the 2009 H1N1 pandemic brought increased activity around this issue. Vaccine mandates have been imposed on HCWs in two ways: either by a state statute or regulation mandating vaccination of workers in certain health care facilities; or by a health care facility imposing the requirement upon its own workers as a condition of employment.State Laws Requiring HCW Vaccination At the height of the summer 2009 H1N1 outbreak, New York’s State Health Department adopted an emergency regulation requiring workers with patient contact in certain health care settings to be vaccinated against both H1N1 and seasonal flu.This quote from the article says it all: “Forced mandates are nothing more than medical tyranny….
Indeed, given the history of known contaminated vaccines, this is hardly a matter of speculation. A Merck rotavirus vaccine was found to be contaminated with a pig virus.I can’t think of anyone who wants any of these symptoms, or to come down with the flu, can you?Influenza vaccination research has clearly documented the benefits of receiving the flu vaccine (google it - you will find a plethora of information...however, I will list some links at the end of this article for your information).The Centers for Disease Control has recommended flu vaccine for everyone over the age of six months, except for individuals who have a medical contraindication.This year, a single shot (or nasal spray, if you’re healthy and between the ages of 2 and 49) provides protection against H1N1 and two other types of flu that are expected this season.