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Washington Post on Employer Flu Shot Mandates: A Surprising Answer

Wapo darknessNote: Below is a question and answer (excerpted) from The Washington Post.  I felt a bit like Charlie Brown look at Lucy holding the football when I started to read the piece sent to me by Judy R.

Karla L. Miller
Columnist
Feb. 12, 2020 at 2:54 p.m. EST

My employer requires a flu shot. My doctors say no.

Reader: I work for a large health-care organization in a rural area. I do not work in direct patient care, but manage a health-information department in a building off-site.

In 2015 I had a significant reaction to a mandatory influenza vaccine and was ill for two months. My primary care provider, an orthopedic joint specialist, and a rheumatologist all recommended I no longer receive an influenza vaccine. My employer exempted me from getting the vaccine for three years, no questions asked. I just had to wear a mask while working.

Last year, my employer said I had to see their in-house allergy and immunology specialist, who denied me the exemption. I saw another allergy and immunology specialist in a large metropolitan city, who said I definitely should not get the influenza vaccine, ever. At that point my choices were to risk getting the influenza vaccine, or resign my job of 30 years. The specialist I saw in the city is also an attorney, and he thought what they were doing was illegal. What is your take on this? I feel the risks outweigh any benefits given the low efficacy rates of the influenza vaccine.

The RESPONSE:

The ADA doesn’t prevent an employer from requiring employees to see a medical provider of its choice, but as Epstein Gluck notes, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission cautions against the employer relying solely on that medical provider’s opinion when it’s contradicted by the employee’s health-care provider.

Considering your history and your doctor’s support, your employer should be willing to consider flu-prevention options besides submitting or quitting. If not, you might want to consult one more specialist: an employment attorney.

Read Miller's full response at WaPo here.

 

Comments

Leah

What bothered me was the comments where people objected to her citing a “low efficacy rate” for the flu shot. Several people were seemingly outraged by this hidden “anti vaxxer “ comment. That means that the general public is not aware that the flu vaccine actually has a low efficacy rate. Aside from the fact that they probably believe in unicorns too, it is useful to know as a talking point for vaccine safety groups. People are clueless and most think the flu shot has a high efficacy rate.

Benedetta

Revelations 13;16-17

16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

Mark of the beast; I got a feeling it be neurological disorders.

Dr. Wakefield says that the truth has to come out cause it always will, it is just a matter of time.
I keep thinking well when do we reach that tipping point?
Still it just keep going on and on and on. We get some draconian thing for children in 1986 and now 2020 each state and country (Venezuela) California, NY, Conn. Miss, West Virginia, Maine have fallen completely under the beast's control.

Bob Moffit

'Last year, my employer said I had to see their in-house allergy and immunology specialist, who denied me the exemption"

Duh .. I wonder what the priority of THEIR "in-house allergy and immunology specialist" is? Guessing it's not the employee's health .. instead .. the employer's financial health .. possibly through lower cost of insurance coverage for HIM..

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