"We don't feel the government should have the right to force us to put any substance -- whether or not the government feels it's safe -- into our body," said Laura Ally, a critical-care nurse at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany. New York is the first state to mandate flu shots for healthcare workers. According to this news report, a group of them will rally for their questionable cause at the state capitol. Makes me wonder how long before the U.S., led by folks such as these, will rid itself of a central government.
Ever since our daughter and son-in-law had their first child in Portland, Oregon, one fact worried me more than others. Many parents here are opposed to vaccination for their children...read this scary story from last Fall. The elementary school our 7 year old attends has one of the highest rates of children whose families have opted out of innoculations for their kids. Wondering if these same folks as as committed to the idea of reproductive choice for women as they are to making my grandchildren's surroundings unsafe.
We had a new sort of experience in getting our own yearly flu shots this weekend. Three pharmacies in town had advertised FREE shots. We'd missed the September dates at Wahlgreen's (where it was not clear whether we'd have to pay $25) and Rite-Aid. At Safeway, we got an appointment for the next day, used Medicare. If we had any doubts before, we now know that reform of the healthcare system could fail because the money does not follow our having a more rational system. And, reason two, there are a remarkable number of uneducated people standing in the checkout line. Powerful combo.
Mandatory-Healthcare-Factoid: "Pilgrims who travel to Mecca this Fall Get Oral Vaccine," whether they like it or not, as reported in Tuesday, September 29, "Science" section of the New York Times. [sorry, could not find link]