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Nurses Fired for Refusing Flu Shot

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An Indiana hospital has fired eight employees, including at least three veteran nurses, after they refused mandatory flu shots, stirring up controversy over which should come first: employee rights or patient safety. The hospital imposed mandatory vaccines, responding to rising concerns about the spread of influenza. Ethel Hoover wore all black on her last day of work as a nurse in the critical care unit at Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital. She said she was in "mourning" because she would have been at the hospital 22 years in February, and she's only called out of work four or five times in her whole career , she said. "This is my body. I have a right to refuse the flu vaccine," Hoover, 61, told "For 21 years, I have religiously not taken the flu vaccine, and now you're telling me that I believe in it."

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Comment by Temper Bay
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 In a true hospital setting patient safety must always come first; statistics show that it is dangerous enough for the sick to be in a hospital.  It is a shame though that accomidations could not be found in some other part of the hospital away from patients until the season ended that would allow seasoned and competent medcial staff to be retained.