I received my company newsletter in the mail yesterday … and on page three, taking up the entire page (and it’s one of those over-sized newsletters) was a notice about the upcoming flu vaccinations.
And how it’s mandatory for all health care employees to partake of the flu vaccine.
I don’t know if you remember or not, but I’m NOT a big fan of the flu vaccine.
And quite honestly? I just don’t want to go through the stress of avoiding the flu shot every year. Though I GET why the hospital requires it’s employees to take the flu shot, I just don’t buy all of the reasons they try to justify it. I don’t think it’s a good thing. I don’t think it’s necessary every single year. And I really don’t appreciate the mafia attitude as they try and bully the 3% of us who refuse to participate.
I have a problem willingly injecting myself with poisons. And I honestly think that anyone who trusts the government enough to allow themselves to be injected with God knows what, is playing with fire and they’re way too trusting of the government.
I just won’t do it.
I have no idea what’s going to happen to me this year if I don’t accept the flu vaccine. I narrowly squeaked by not getting it last year and my stubborn rejection, not to mention my very verbal feelings about it, really irked a few people I work with. I don’t mean to be difficult, I truly don’t, but I feel VERY STRONGLY about this and I WILL NOT COMPROMISE ON THIS ISSUE.
I was THE ONLY person in my entire clinic who refused it.
And I will refuse it again. And if that means I will have to wear a mask, or that I even get suspended for a few weeks, so be it. If they fire me, then I’ll collect unemployment until I can find another job.
I will not get the flu vaccine. Period.
Nothing you, or anyone else, can say will ever convince me it’s a good idea. Vaccinations every ten years or so (like a Tetanus shot), okay, I’ll buy that. But to get a vaccine every year, for a strain of virus that literally has HUNDREDS of different varieties and the likelihood that you’re being vaccinated for the ONE virus that may, or may not, be the dominant strain that year, just seems so … RECKLESS to me.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this issue for the past several days. I don’t want to stress about this every year – and I will, because it’s healthcare and they require it every year. It’s also not fair to my co-workers to wonder if I will be coming to work if an outbreak “supposedly” happens.
So the bottom line?
I think healthcare may not be the place for me after all. Which makes me sad, because I like my job and I LOVE the people I work with, but this issue may very well be the deal breaker for me.