Before I got the flu myself, I was one of those who insisted that influenza vaccination was not necessary.The next year my husband’s grandmother, an independent 75-year-old, picked up influenza from the adult daycare she attended and died shortly after from pneumonia.Monday is the deadline for many health-care workers to choose between the needle and the mask. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, told CTV News the decision will save lives.Under a new mandatory vaccination policy, healthcare workers in British Columbia, as well as several hospitals in Ontario, must get a flu shot or be forced to wear a mask while working with patients. “There is lots of literature on this,” said Sinclair."I don't want to be a guinea pig," said Orne Banks-Hopkins, 55, a clerical worker at Washington Hospital Center.
"This isn't the time to pump air into a completely deflated argument about vaccine safety," he said.The state Hospital Review and Planning Council unanimously approved a requirement that health-care workers in hospitals, outpatient clinics and home-care programs receive seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccines by Nov.30, unless they have medical reasons why they cannot.A survey of 1,500 British nurses conducted in August by the Nursing Times found that one-third would not get the vaccine because of safety concerns.In the United States, the drive is fueling anti-government sentiment and rumors on the Internet and elsewhere that the vaccine may become compulsory for everyone.