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Reflection On Mandatory Influenza Vaccination

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Your discussion definitely brought my attention, because I am one of this minority of the hospital staff members that each year refuses the mandatory influenza vaccination for over seven years, and strongly believes in preventative measures. So far, I have not been sick with flu. However, to comply with the hospital policy, I need to wear the mask for the entire flu season and sign the document in the Human Resources Department about the reason for my refusal. Additionally, I need to explain my situation to the patient I am taking care of, in order to alleviate their anxiety and suspicion when they see me entering their room to introduce myself and receive a shift report. It is not a place and a time to discuss why I chose this approach;
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