After 50 years of flu shots, governments still cannot demonstrate they save lives. In fact, getting a flu shot in 2008 made you twice as likely to actually get sick from a case of the flu in 2009. But these facts, discussed in earlier blog posts, are ignored as mandates increase for yearly flu inoculations.
This year, Colorado and Rhode Island required its hospital staffs to get the flu vaccine or wear a mask throughout flu season; British Columbia's government did the same. The mandates come from unelected political appointees who probably mean well but are unacquainted with the relevant medical literature, especially the more recent literature.
The British Columbia nurses are fighting back.
Despite accusations that they are “killers of the sick and elderly,” a growing number of B.C. health-care workers are resisting a mandatory flu shot, arguing that it is an issue of personal choice. And now, a union representing thousands of health-care workers in the province, is telling them they have a right to opt out, even if that potentially works against public health efforts to stop the spread of the disease.