Pregnant Nurse Fired After Refusing Flu Shot
Dreonna Breton had suffered miscarriages, was wary of vaccine's effect
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2013 6:24 AM CST
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(Newser) – Dreonna Breton has an 18-month-old son and another child on the way. But the 29-year-old Pennsylvania woman has also suffered three miscarriages. And so when her employers at Horizons Healthcare Services in Lancaster informed its entire staff that a flu shot was necessary, Breton refused. Though she acknowledged that the CDC recommends it for pregnant women, she cited a dearth of research on how the vaccine actually affects pregnant women. "I'm not gonna be the one percent of people that has a problem," she told CNN yesterday. But her decision led to a different sort of problem: She was fired.

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. Though the company grants exemptions for religious or medical reasons, it says it saw no valid medical reason. Breton says she doesn't plan to sue, but wants the company to take a second look at its policy. (In other pregnancy-related news, a doctors' group is advising women not to freeze their eggs.)

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Christina_bdba
Dec 31, 2013 12:27 PM CST
It is the law now that all healthcare workers have no choice.It is part of Obamacare.She has to take it or lose her job.Those of you who supported the law should've considered all that was in it before wanting it.
No-Left-Turn
Dec 30, 2013 8:00 PM CST
A highly qualified doctor I read recommends strongly against the flu shot. It provides only partial protection at best, and he has cited studies that show older people who get the shot every year have a higher incidence of Alzheimer's. The medical community always seems to try to bury this stuff.
robert
Dec 30, 2013 3:48 PM CST
the problem with the flu shot...it covers only the generic or common flu's and current strains.. you still can get the flu, everytime I visit the doctors office they ask me if I want it and I ask does it cover all the strains and the answer is no. just because they force it, doesnt mean you wont get one.