Q: Are you required to get a flu shot by your employer? Do you think it is a good idea to get a flu shot?
A: Yes I am. Yes I do. I’d like to keep my job. Seriously, even though it’s not as effective as it should be, anything that promotes patient safety is a good thing.
A: We either have to get a flu shot or sign a declination form. If the declination option is selected staff is required to wear a mask when around patients and visitors. I think that vaccinations are a fantastic idea. I did a year of graduate work in virology and I have yet to see an argument against that was scientifically supported. It is not only for your own safety. I work in a hospital and am around people in compromised state of health. I would consider it harmful to increase their exposure to harmful pathogens.
A: You are a technician. Investigate flu shots. It is not an evidence-based practice. Hand washing is many times more effective in stopping the transferal of the virus – that is evidence-based.
A: Yes I am required. I have no reservations about it. But I think the significant question is … how effective is the flu shot?
A: My flu shot was so effective that I was sick for two weeks following, including a hacking cough that went on nonstop night and day.
A: Yes, and yes. Although the flu shot is the result of a “best guess” of what we’ll have, it’s better than nothing!
A: Not when it is ineffective.
A: Flu shots can help and they are required by my employer. I’ve also read that vitamin D is helpful against the flu. And, I agree, a good defense is hand washing.
A: Scientifically speaking, there is a very small chance of contracting Guillain-Barré from the flu shot. This is easily overlooked because of the adage “the good outweighing the bad” of not getting the flu shot. Until, it is your family member that experiences this horrific side affect and never recovers. I understand the intent behind requiring flu shots but I do not agree with it based on my personal experience.
A: Guillain-Barré can also be caused by exposure to the influenza virus itself. If you were susceptible to exposure via the killed virus in the vaccine you are equally susceptible from exposure to the virus itself.
A: Couldn’t agree more. People really need to investigate. Why is it that a cook/chef needs to know all the ingredients of what they’re preparing because of allergies; yet the doctor/nurse who gives you a flu shot doesn’t even question the contents? Besides, it’s 2018, and people still cough into their hands! Those are the types of issues we should really be dealing with.
Q: What is the best gift to get a biomed?
A: Leatherman multi-tool.
A: LED pocket flashlight.
A: A recruiters name and number.
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