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Nurse Fired For Refusing Flu Shot
A health care company has fired a Pennsylvania woman who refused to get a flu shot due to her fear of miscarrying.
Dreonna Breton worked as a registered nurse at Lancaster General Hospital in central Pennsylvania since 2008. The company that runs the hospital, Horizons Healthcare Services, requires all personnel to get the influenza vaccine.
Breton believes flu shots may not be safe enough for pregnant women. She is three months pregnant. She suffered two miscarriages earlier this year, and doesn't want to risk a third.
"I do research. I want to look into anything that is going into my body -- any pharmaceutical side effect. I know I am in the minority but it is frustrating to be forced to do something that you are not comfortable with," she says.
Breton offered to wear a mask during flu season. But she was fired Dec. 17.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists urges pregnant women to receive a flu vaccine. It advises on its website that flu vaccination is an essential element of prenatal care and no study to date has shown an adverse consequence of flu vaccine in pregnant women or their offspring.
Since 1984, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has encouraged health care workers to receive a yearly flu vaccine.
Horizons Healthcare Services released this statement:
"Like our requirements for TB skin testing and MMR vaccination as a condition of employment, mandatory flu immunization protects our patients, employees, and community from getting this potentially serious infection."