OKLAHOMA CITY — As we noted here at Oklahoma Watchdog a week or so ago, the pharmacy chain Walgreens has been aggressively pushing this season’s combined seasonal/H1N1 flu vaccine. This, after 2009′s swine-flu scare that resulted in tons of vaccine that was left to rot in warehouses, resulting in lost revenue for vaccine manufacturers and others who profit off of health-related scaremongering.
And while reading USA Today this morning I couldn’t help but notice the full-page Walgreens ad on 7A where a “mom” says she is arming herself for the ones she loves, saying, “I got a flu shot for my daughter.” That last part was underlined in the ad.
And now we see there is a strong effort afoot to make vaccine mandatory for health workers. As a Los Angeles Times story reported today that hospital chains are increasingly forcing employees to get vaccines or lose their job. The State of New York is working on a plan to make state health workers get the jab.
Notes the LAT: “Most studies suggest that healthcare workers should be vaccinated to help stop the spread of flu. But surveys show a sizable portion of people who work in hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices don’t want to get an annual flu shot. According to a Rand Corp survey issued last year, 39% of healthcare professionals said they would not get a flu vaccine, even with the threat of pandemic flu.