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Get a Flu Shot, or Get Fired

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That’s what one Michigan hospital is telling its employees, volunteers, and students.

Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, and its parent companny, Munson Healthcare are requiring that all employees receive a flu shot by the end of the year, or be terminated. Volunteers, medical and nursing students must also comply.

Hospital officials claim that the practice sets a good example, and reduces the risk of passing the infection to patients and hospital personnel. Most will agree – but some employees are fighting back.

The Traverse City Record Eagle reports that about 50 people attended a recent meeting of Michigan Opposing Mandatory Vaccines, a Troy-based group that seeks to educate the public about vaccine choices.

So is this a civil rights issue? Although most would agree that a flu shot is good preventative medicine, does an employer have the right to fire employees that don’t comply?

 

 

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