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I've had the flu before, and as someone with chronic asthma problems, punctuated by the occasional bout of bronchitis or pneumonia to relieve the monotony, I'm always first in line for the flu shot du jour. Same for the swine flu shot/mist when it makes it to my town -- wild elephants will not be able to keep me away.

I'm truly baffled by people who would rather get the flu than suffer through a momentary jab with a miniscule sharpened object, but wev.

This, however, I did not know:

Recent polls say doctors and nurses may be more resistant to getting vaccinated than most Americans. The British Medical Journal published a survey showing that less than half of health care professionals are willing to receive the vaccine, while a poll from the Nursing Times found that only 37 percent of front-line nurses plan to be vaccinated against H1N1 influenza.

This is consistent with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating that 60 percent of American health care workers traditionally don’t get vaccinated even against the seasonal flu.


Indeed, unimmunized health care workers infected with the flu can show only mild symptoms, yet still have to potential to infect others. Also, a recent study showed that those infected with the H1N1 virus can be contagious for up to eight days after the onset of symptoms, significantly longer than strains of seasonal flu.


There are over 11 million health care providers working in our hospitals, nursing homes and medical clinics. And with studies suggesting that 70 percent of doctors plan to continue working despite being sick with flu-like symptoms, tens of thousands of contagious workers can potentially infect patients who are already sick, or predisposed to flu complications. We owe it to our patients to receive the H1N1 influenza vaccine.


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Submitted by Bryan on

There is no worse patient than a doctor, and then you move through the list of associated jobs.

This is why my Mother refuses to go near the local hospital, as there are always complications when she has been in the hospital. She goes in for one thing, and then is kept because she has picked up something else in the hospital.

The emergency room is a center of pestilence. No one should ever enter one without an R95 mask on and latex gloves. They all need high bushes near them because the restrooms are totally out of the question.

The people who work in the health care field all seem to feel that it is much worse than most people are led to believe. You have to wonder why?

Of course, almost not of the medical jobs offer health insurance, so they may be embarrassed to go to KMart for the shots.

Submitted by hipparchia on


even going to a doctor though, instead of kmart or the like, i've never paid more than about $30 for a flu shot. don't know how much the swine flu will cost, but if it turns out to be expensive, the cats will just have to go on half-rations for a little while.

i was reading earlier today that even with the increase in flu vaccinations over the years, seniors are still dying of flu at about the same rate they always have. made me wonder how many of them are catching the flu from their refusenik doctors, nurses, and hospital employees.

we've got one emergency room here where the kids section is pretty seriously walled off from the rest of the place, which is good. kids [and consequently their parents] are germ factories. here, the rest of the room is more likely to be filled with victims of gun and knife fights or police dog bites.

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Submitted by Sarah on

caregivers -- including grandparents.

Guess who's got the best immune systems in the country?

Elementary school teachers with three to five years' experience with no break in service, in terms of flu and cold viruses (and viral GI illnesses too). How come?

Exposure. Rinse, repeat.

It is frightening when places like The Pump Handle show discussions about topics like this.

In Community Medical School Tuesday night, we had a different bioethicist, Dr. Edmund Pellegrino. We didn't talk about vaccinations, but we did talk about bioethics. Unfortunately we didn't have the full two hours he usually uses, so we didn't get to talk about all the case studies.

He did say he felt the primary goal of bioethics is to do the most good for the patient. I suspect he'd be in favor of vaccinations for providers.

Herd immunity doesn't happen all by itself.

(cats on half rations, heh. paid for fixing my truck last week -- it ain't fixed yet -- and Twocat had to see her doc for a sprained wrist and skinned chin. This week she had to go back for an upper respiratory infection. Have you ever seen a cat sneeze so hard, so often, it soaks the vet tech's scrub shirt? So, while we're fixing the gotta-do-it-now stuff, we're saving up for the regular maintenance like oil changes and annual shots ... and I'm holding out for the mist vaccine to dodge the mercury-derived preservative in the multi-dose vials.)

She doesn't mind the cream-of-old-fish anti-inflammatory, and she puts up with the antibiotic/analgesic ointment for her (now shaven) chin/jaw, and she even doesn't have a cow about the bubble-gum-flavored amoxicillin drops. But the kitty-strength nose drops, now ... she seems to think we're trying to waterboard her.