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Could You Be Fired for Refusing Flu Shot?

By    |   Monday, 06 October 2014 05:07 PM

 
Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital is being sued by the Massachusetts Nurses Association over a policy that demands they take an annual flu shot if they wish to keep their jobs. According to the Boston Globe, state health officials are pushing hospitals to vaccinate all employees, but the new policy, which is not yet in effect, violates a state regulation that allows hospital employees to refuse the vaccine if they don't want it.
 
Could you be next? Could you be fired for refusing a flu shot?
 
"Yes, you could," says holistic family physician Dr. David Brownstein, editor of Dr. David Brownstein's Natural Way to Health. "If the government says that healthcare workers can be forced to take this vaccine, there is nothing to stop them from forcing all Americans to take this shot under the guise of a public health emergency.
 
"No one should be forced to take a flu shot for any reason," Dr. Brownstein tells Newsmax Health. "This is beyond outrageous, and it shouldn't be allowed."
 
"Healthcare workers are being forced to take a vaccine that they don't want — a vaccine that has been shown to be virtually worthless."

According to Dr. Brownstein, the packaging insert on FluLaval vaccine, the new vaccine that covers four strains of flu virus, claims to be 55 percent effective. But when the figures are analyzed, he says they show a different story.

The flu vaccine was compared to one designed to prevent  Hepatitis A, says Dr. Brownstein. "Two groups of people were compared — one group got the FluLaval vaccine and the second group got the Hepatitis A vaccine. Although the manufacturer — and the media — quoted an effective rate of 55 percent, the true difference is less than 3 percent," says Dr. Brownstein.
 
"Of the people vaccinated with the flu vaccine, 2.4 percent got the flu virus compared to 5.3 percent of those who got the Hepatitis A vaccine. That's an effective rate of only 2.9 percent," he says.
 
"I have two problems with this vaccine," says Dr. Brownstein. "First, it's ineffective. Second, the flu vaccine contains thimerosal, which contains mercury. Mercury is a poison. Even if the vaccine was effective against flu but was still filled with mercury, it shouldn't be injected into anyone.
 
"I'm glad the nurses in Boston are suing," he says. "Somebody needs to do it, and I hope they win.
 
"In addition to the flu vaccine being ineffective, there are no studies showing that vaccinating healthcare workers reduces the spread of flu among hospitalized patients," Dr. Brownstein says. "So, why are we forcing people to get this vaccine against their will? It's un-American."
 
 

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