In the news: Long Island nurses rally to protest mandatory H1N1 vaccinations

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, September 28, 2009

Nurses from New York’s Stony Brook University Medical Center plan to rally next week in Albany to protest a New York state regulation mandating all nurses be vaccinated for the H1N1 vaccine, reports

The New York State Department of Health issued the emergency regulation in August. It requires healthcare workers in hospitals and other healthcare settings be immunized against both seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu virus. Many nurses are wary of a vaccine they feel did not go through the usual extensive testing for vaccines, and question its safety. The New York State Nurses Association, representing 37,000 RNs, supports the protest.

"We as an organization have not questioned the safety of the vaccine,” Nancy Webber, spokesperson for the association, told NewsDay. “We see this as in issue of workers' rights."

Experts from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the vaccine is safe and will be released mid-October.


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