New York is the first state in the country to mandate flu vaccinations for its health care workers. The first doses of swine flu vaccine will be available beginning next week. Much of it is reserved for state health care workers, but there is growing opposition to required innoculations.
Health care workers in Hauppauge screamed “No forced shots!” as they rallied Tuesday against the state regulation requiring them to roll up their sleeves.
“I don’t even tend to the sick. I am in the nutrition field. They are telling me I must get the shot because I work in a health clinic setting,” said Paula Small, a Women, Infants and Children health care worker.
Small said she will refuse, worried the vaccine is untested and unproven, leaving her vulnerable. In 1976, there were some deaths associated with a swine flu vaccination.
Again, this entire H1N1 flu vaccine seems to be a scare tactic and a boon to the pharmaceutical companies. On the level of flues, it seems to be a milder type flu and many may have already had it without even realizing it. Just the fact that health-care workers are refusing to take the vaccine should say something about the vaccine itself.
As for the civil rights issues, I wonder how that will play out. Our government it getting more and more intrusive into our lives. Where in the Constitution does it give the power to government the right to force untested medications on people?