8 hospital employees terminated for refusing flu shot
Today I say hooray for Indianay. Err, I mean Indiana. As you may have heard, a hospital in northern Indiana, IU Goshen Health Hospital, has fired 8 workers, including 6 nurses, who refused to get a flu shot. The expected hand-wringing and constitutional rights wailing from the anti-vaxxers has, of course, commenced. Unfortunately for that crowd, the hospital is well within its rights to fire workers who put their patients at risk.
It is actually frightening to read the comments of a nurse who was terminated. A hospice nurse by the name of Sue Schrock has this to say about influenza vaccine:
“I just feel like it’s a toxin that I don’t want in my body,” she told the station. “There are side effects with that. There are no guarantees that it’s even going to protect you.”
While I agree with Sue that there are no guarantees that influenza vaccine is going to protect you, there is also no guarantee that your seatbelt will prevent your death in the event of a car accident. And yet, I’ll bet Nurse Sue dons her seatbelt every single day. And she “feels” that flu vaccine is a “toxin”? Since when do “feelings” amount to scientific fact? I wonder where Sue got this information about toxins, anyway. It sure wasn’t from any scientific journal. Regardless, it’s disturbing to hear such gibberish from a nurse, who described her decision as “God-led“. Another nurse, named Joyce Gingerich, apparently agreed with Sue’s assessment and got the axe as well. And yet another terminated nurse, Ethel Hoover, said this about vaccination:
“God Gave us a body. He gave us, He Made our body uniquely that we can–if we live a healthful life—that our chances of being able to fight it off with our own immune system is very likely”.
Interestingly, Hoover is a Mennonite who stated that she is not opposed to all vaccinations, just some of them. So it’s unclear if her thinking about “living a healthful life” would apply to preventing, say, polio or measles. Regardless, overall it’s possible that the hospital is better off without nurses who appear to be opposed to modern medicine.
Now, before the anti-vaxxers get their knickers in a twist, understand this. All of these nurses have a right to continue practicing their religions and making God-led decisions, so this is not, as you will undoubtedly contend, religious discrimination. They can practice their religion freely; what they cannot do is practice it at the expense of the health of their patients or their community.