Pregnant Nurse Refuses Flu Shot – Should She Lose Her Job? [Video]
Dreonna Breton is three months pregnant, and for that reason she refused this year's flu shot. Now she is out of a job that she loves and was good at.
Dreonna Breton is a 29 year-old nurse who is three months pregnant with her second child. She has a healthy 19 month old son as well, but she has suffered two miscarriages in the last 12 months, and she is unwilling to receive the flu shot that her employer requires as a condition of her employment as a nurse. Breton says "I'm a healthy person. I take care of my body. For me, the potential risk was not worth it. She continues, "I'm not going to be the one percent of people that has a problem."
She did offer to wear a mask while on the job, but that was not enough for Horizons, her employer, and they terminated her employment.
Lancaster General Health, a division of Horizons, where Breton was employed as a nurse, points to statistics from the Centers For Disease Control and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists that suggest that the flu vaccine is completely safe for pregnant women.
More details in the video below.
Should healthcare workers like Dreonna lose their jobs for refusing to receive a flu shot, even if they believe that shot may put them at risk for unforeseen complications?