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This past fall, I worked with about 150 healthcare workers in 26 states who were required to get a flu shot to keep their job. I'm happy to report that the vast majority successfully avoided the flu shot. But I gained some disturbing insights from this national perspective regarding flu shots that have implications for all adults in the U.S.:
1. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources' Healthy People 2020 initiative has aggressive vaccine goals that include not only vaccinating 90% of healthcare workers by 2020, but also vaccinating all U.S. employees with the flu vaccine. Wake up, folks! Healthcare workers are just the front lines--we're all in big pharma's sights, and there's no light at the end of this tunnel. In 2010, there were over 330 vaccines already on the market or in development. There will always be another vaccine to give a person, and always another person to give a vaccine. Meanwhile, states around the country are rapidly changing laws restricting access to exemptions, while adding laws to require more and more vaccines for more and more people, both children and adults. Join the NVIC Advocacy Portal to stay abreast of proposed laws and legislative activities in your state and around the country.
2. According to a hospital attorney, CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) will be deducting 2% of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals whose employee flu vaccination rates is less than 90%. This means that the scientific merits (or lack thereof) of the flu vaccine policy are irrelevant to hospital policy makers. By making this a financial issue for hospital administrators, those orchestrating the flu vaccine agenda have managed to keep the medical science off the table, a necessity for pushing flu vaccines given the credible information revealing that flu vaccines don't work can and do cause permanent disability and death, as confirmed by Cochrane Collaboration reviews and the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program respectively.
3. The vast majority of hospitals have implemented religious exemption policies that violate federal law. They are overly restrictive, requiring exemption applicants to have support from a member of the clergy or to belong to an organized religion with tenets opposed to immunizations, but these requirements violate the First Amendment of the Constitution and Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. My clients and I have been reforming hospital policies around the country to bring them into compliance with federal law, but we've only scratched the surface, and there's often no way to tell whether or not the institution's policy is revised for all employees when a hospital allows one employee who hires an attorney to have the exemption. What is clear is that employees who do not involve an attorney have a much lower success rate. One hospital administrator reportedly told a nurse that the hospital system had received over a 1,000 requests for exemptions, but had allowed only 4 exemptions, and that story was not an isolated instance. Hospitals take a "maximize immunization rates at all costs" approach. They come in only two flavors where vaccines are concerned--aggressive, and very aggressive.