[SaneVax: What is wrong with this picture? Does no one see this policy for the draconian measure it is? Even the most ardent vaccine proponent will not deny that vaccines cause harm to some individuals. How did it become acceptable in a modern, supposedly enlightened, society to compel people to risk their health and perhaps their lives to protect their employment status?]
No Flu Shot, No Job…True? Might Be If You Are a Healthcare Worker
By Jennifer Hutchinson
From nurses, lab techs, and students, to clerical, security, and volunteer personnel, you may be given an ultimatum anytime now: get a flu vaccine or lose your job. A new federal working group, Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) Increasing Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Health Care Personnel (“the group”), has recommended that hospitals around the country implement a program to increase flu immunization rates to 90 percent by 2020. 
Before exploring this new mandate—and your options—let’s ask some questions about the flu vaccine.
HOW EFFECTIVE IS IT?
According to an article published in The Lancet earlier this year, the vaccine prevents influenza in approximately 60 of every 100 people.  Michael Osterholm, lead author of the new report and director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy, says “it’s not nearly the vaccine that we need for the future.” 
The meta-analysis of 5,707 articles published from 1967 to 2011 turned up 31 “eligible” studies. That means 5,676 studies were NOT eligible. Why? Were they not true randomized controlled trials? And/or did they show that the flu vaccine wasn’t effective?
Read the next two sentences carefully. Approximately 60 percent of doctors and nurses get a flu shot. Among other healthcare personnel, the rate is less than 50 percent.  Why? These are educated people who have devoted their lives to helping the sick and injured. Do they know something we don’t know?
Here’s another red flag. The University of Pittsburgh and Sanofi Pasteur are collaborating to create a universal flu vaccine that protects against all strains of influenza. This new shot is the result of a discovery of how the immune system reacts to the flu virus and generates antibodies. 
Dr. Beatrice Fontoura (UT Southwestern) explains that the reason so many people who receive the current shot still get the flu is because the virus can mutate, making the vaccine ineffective. “What we are doing is something different,” she says. “We are actually stimulating our own response which is already there—boost it—to fight an infection.” 
Hmmm … Sounds like an admission that the current shot isn’t working.