I was just wondering if anyone has refused to get the flu shots offered to you free from your organization. Last year was the first time I have ever gotten one, and it hurt SO BAD! It felt like fire going into my arm, and I could barely move my arm for 3 days! ( I once got a Depo Provera shot in my arm with the same result, so maybe its just MY arm?)
I have never had the flu, ever.(knocking on wood here) I have had a few bouts with bronchitis, and a few stomach viruses that lasted less than 2 days, but never "the flu". And I refused to have the flu shot this year. I work in OB/women's health area, and we do not take infectious patients. (even though I know that some may be infectious and not show it at first). I just decided that I didn't want the pain associated with the shot when I am not at as high of a risk as others. (not working on the medical floors, except if I were to get floated)
Just the thought of getting that shot scares the crap out of me! And I have never considered myself a "weenie" when it comes to stuff like this.
Well, anyone that didn't get the shot got a letter from the employee health nurse saying something to the effect of...
"our records show that you have not received your flu shot this year. Please check the box below that best shows your situation...
1. I have received my shot elsewhere.
2. I want the shot, please schedule me to get one.
3. No, I don't want the shot because I would rather be deathly ill with the flu.
That just really irked me!
Jan 24, '03
I take it to protect myself, my family and my patients. I think it's worth it. I have no reason not to...no allergies, or other problems. It's free, causes me no untoward affects, so I can't see why I would not do it. I, too work in OB. Just cause we dont' take "infected" patients does NOT mean the NUMEROUS visitors that tramp thru, or even our own labor patients are not infectious or at risk! Anyone in the hospital environment is at risk; OB is certainly NO different!
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Jan 24, '03