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Pregnant nurse in Pa. fired for refusing a 'mandatory' flu shot

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Dreonna Breton is, or was, a registered nurse employed by Horizons Healthcare Services in Lancaster, Pa. The 29-year-old was recently fired because she refused to obtain a flu shot, something her employer requires of its entire staff.

Yahoo! Shine on Monday said Breton’s objections were medically based, but because she had no religious objections, and because Horizons Healthcare found no “merit” in her medical objections, she was given an ultimatum – get the shot or be fired.

Breton has an 18-month-old son at home and is pregnant with another child. She also reveals that she has suffered from three miscarriages, and is well-researched when it comes to potential dangers and side effects of the annual flu shot.

Yahoo! Shine picks up the story:

“Breton did submit letters from both her midwife and her primary care doctor backing her choice, with the latter saying that while the vaccine is safe, her health would be damaged because of the anxiety it would cause, reports WGAL; she also said she would wear a face mask while working, but Horizons gave her a deadline of Dec. 17 to get the shot or get the boot.”

Breton acknowledged that the medical risks of a flu shot are minimal, and understands that the CDC has declared flu shots to be safe. Nevertheless, she is unwilling to risk even a tiny chance that her health or the health of her baby could be affected.

"I'm not gonna be the one percent of people that has a problem," she said.

She understands the decision of her employer, and respects that Horizon must protect the health of its patients, but although she is not planning any legal recourse, Breton would like the company to take a “second look at its policies.”

What are your thoughts on her position? Do you think the flu shot is safe? Leave your comments below.

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