Even though the effectiveness of vaccines for preventing transmission of disease to patients has been strongly questioned if not outright dismissed (see below), hospitals are pushing harder than ever in some cases to force their workers to be vaccinated, seemingly unaware of the many potentially serious side effects that may come along with them.
But many nurses and other hospital workers are now choosing to not get vaccinated, risking suspension or even the loss of their jobs.
Some hospitals tell their nurses to wear masks to prevent the possible spread of germs or infections as an alternative to getting vaccines, and many who choose the mask over mandatory vaccinations have taken to the Web to share their pictures, and their stories. The Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines (NAMV) organization recently named this past October “Show Me Your Mask Month” for the nurses to see that they are not alone.
Show Me Your Mask Month
The NAMV recently announced that they are officially dissolving as of January 1, 2017, because of what they called growing fear of the general public to stand up for their rights, but said that they will continue fighting on the local and state levels.
The organization was founded as a response to mandatory vaccinations in the workplace, and its members believe that everyone should have the right to choose which medical treatments are administered to them. While an official number of those participating in the movement has not been released, the group has over 30,000 fans on Facebook and has shared pictures of those who are rebelling against vaccine mandates.
Here’s a look at a few reasons why they are fighting…
Flu Shots and Other Vaccines Come with Severe Risks
In just three months, from February 16 to May 16, 2016, there have been at least 206 reported vaccine injury cases, 116 of them listed in a report from the Department of Justice.
Here are some of the conditions mentioned in the vaccine injury report:
Guillain-Barré Syndrome, an autoimmune disorder, is one of the most common injuries of vaccines. While the official medicine still calls the disorder “rare,” it affects at least 3,000-6,000 people every year, and once the person gets it, it can last their whole life. It is also a disorder that is rarely diagnosed, so some naturopathic doctors are saying that large numbers of the population may have symptoms of this disorder without knowing it.
The CDC admits that since the 1970s there was a “small increased risk” for GBS following a vaccination designed to protect against the swine flu virus, but does not provide up to date risk-assessments for all the new vaccines are developed each year.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which makes the immune system attack the body. A study from 1990 showed that the Rubella vaccine may lead to this condition. But again, since the study, new vaccines that have come out have not been properly studied for the same risks.
Other risks include chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (a neurological disorder), transverse myelitis (an inflammatory disorder), and even death.
Read the full report here.
Nurse Vaccinations May Not Protect Patients, Forgotten Analysis Says
Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a meta-analysis study showing that there is very limited evidence that flu vaccinations for hospital workers provide any benefit for disease prevention. The results were published in an early online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases and examined the quality of evidence in studies used to back up the push for vaccinating healthcare workers.
Some surprising question marks were uncovered (see the press release and study here):
“We really don’t have a good grip on the epidemiology of influenza in the healthcare setting,” said Nick Kelley, PhD, research associate for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP).
“We simply don’t have good evidence that vaccination of healthcare personnel prevents influenza transmission to patients,” Kelley said.
Most studies, including those in this meta-analysis, focus on nursing home patients who are highly susceptible to flu. The studies originally found a drop in overall death rate as well as in flu-like illnesses. But the results did not focus on actual lab-confirmed cases of flu, critics point out.
Even though the data remains hazy in the eyes of vaccine choice advocates, experts continue to recommend mandatory vaccines as a precautionary measure. Kelley had the following to say despite his admission of the lack of evidence.
“It makes sense to vaccinate healthcare personnel. The evidence is just not as strong as most organizations like to suggest, which this study highlights,” he said. “It’s the best intervention we currently have, so we need to keep using it while working toward a better flu vaccine,” Kelley said.
The Cochrane Group, which bills itself as “a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients
“It is disconcerting when meta-analyses come to different conclusions,” Griffin also wrote. According to the press release of the University of Minnesota, Griffin remains in support of mandatory vaccinations, noting the grave risks posed by flu outbreaks and the benefit of “herd protection.”
Still, she didn’t exactly sound convinced about her own recommendation, further the confusion surrounding the topic.
“Vaccination of healthcare workers to protect vulnerable patients and residents of long-term facilities should be viewed as an evidence-based recommendation,” she said.
Getting fired for refusing vaccines
Despite the uncertainty and lack of concrete evidence, coupled with clear evidence of serious side effects, people still get fired for refusing to be vaccinated against their will. Some hospital systems reportedly also risk funding losses of up to 2% through Medicare/Medicaid if less than 90 percent of their staff is not vaccinated.
Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founded of the National Vaccine Information Center, explained how people are targeted by mandatory vaccines:
“A nurse who refuses to abandon their right to informed consent to medical risk taking, is a nurse who will respect your right when you are her patient to make voluntary decisions about medical risks. A nurse who demands the right to think critically and follow her conscience to protect her body, is a nurse who will defend your right to think critically, follow your conscience, and protect your body no matter what a doctor, male or female, tells you to do with it. It’s your health, your family, your choice.”
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