Assigned Reading: Mandatory Flu Vaccinations Splits Workers
I’m actually at school right now, writing this during a five-minute break from a economics-heavy class which is kicking my posterior, but this particular article caught my attention in its prominent spot at the Drudge Report.
In particular, this part really got to me:
The opponents also say it’s wrong that all five swine flu vaccine makers contracting with the federal government have been indemnified against lawsuits if someone gets sick or dies.
This is the first I’ve heard of such an indemnification agreement, and even now I don’t know if this is a system- or state-specific provision. Admittedly, I need to look into it further. Should this be true, however, the prospect is just downright wrong.
Yes, health care workers are subject to greater risk due to their proximity to sick folks, but forcing them to be vaccinated with a vaccine that (a) has been rushed to market for (b) a malady that could very well be overblown for political reasons just doesn’t sit right with me — above and beyond the inherent problem I have with government forcing people to be immunized.
My wife and I have already decided that we will not have our daughter immunized against swine flu. My wife, a nurse, is all too aware of the possible adverse health consequences; me, a political skeptic, is all too aware of the interest that The Powers That Be would have in making Swine Flu as big a perceived problem as possible. (Please note the poll on the right side of the screen.)
The other issue here is a bit bigger in scope. The state government in New York has, out of concern that health care workers would contract and transmit the swine flu, mandated a health care procedure, in this case a vaccination with a less than stellar history. Once the Democrats pass health care reform and the government option (whether an actual government plan or a government-funded and -run co-op) descends into a single-payer system as the Democratic Party leadership would like, the federal government becomes on the hook for health care costs in America. Is it so much of a stretch to think that the federal government, in years down the road, could require similar vaccinations or other procedures of all Americans, under the guise of reducing the risk–real or imagined–of the malady du jour? Do we really want the government involved that much in our lives?