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Pregnant nurse fired for refusing flu vaccine

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CNN reported on Monday that a pregnant nurse in Lancaster, Pennsylvania was fired for refusing to have the flu vaccine.

Dreonna Breton told reporters she worked as a nurse at Horizons Healthcare Services in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her employers told her that all healthcare workers were required to have an annual flu vaccine. This is based on the recommendations of the CDC.

Breton told her employers that she and her family had discussed whether or not a flu vaccine was advisable, as she had been through three miscarriages. Breton also had a letter from her obstetrician and primary care doctor to back her claims.

Dreonna Breton said, “I’m a healthy person. I take care of my body. For me, the potential risk was not worth it. I’m not gonna be the one percent of people that has a problem.” Despite the letters from her doctors, Breton was told she would be fired if she had not receive ed the flu shot by Dec. 17.

Alan Peterson, a spokesman for Horizons Healthcare Services, told a reporter for CNN that it was

"unconscionable for a health care worker not to be immunized and that pregnant women are more susceptible to the flu."

The CDC website assures pregnant women that the flu vaccine has been used on thousands of women and does not pose a serious risk to the woman or the baby.

But Breton says, "I know that the CDC says to get it, and that’s fine, but it was our choice to avoid the flu vaccine and the unknowns that come with that.” She even offered to wear a face mask at work, the same as other employees do when there is a religious objection to taking a vaccine, but this has been rejected, according to Breton.

Readers are asked to view the accompanying video. Apparently, the CDC is pushing to get hospitals to comply with requirements to have all workers vaccinated, or some Medicare payments will be at stake for not being paid.

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