In the same issue of the paper that week was the article about a local hospital requiring all employees to have a flu shot or risk termination. Much like our federal government on the health insurance/abortion/birth control mandate, the hospital offered a religious exemption and then reportedly they determined what was religious enough. This was disturbing to me and definitely made me go HMMM.
I feel that if being required to take a flu shot was not part of their verbal or written agreement when they were hired, it should not be a reason to terminate employment. The flu is not the plague. While contracting the flu can cause serious health problems, there is also no guarantee that getting a flu shot will keep one from contracting some strain of influenza.
Therefore, it should still be a personal choice — health care professional or not. I was also surprised that more people did not sit up and take notice over that story.
How our weather can go from sunny and 60 degrees one day to 25 and snowing the next, makes me go hmmm. I value all life but why we need mosquitoes is something I don’t understand — except maybe for bat food. But why do we need bats? I know there’s a reason for everything, but until then ... there’s just some things that make you go hmmm.
Denise Fedorow is a correspondent and columnist for The Goshen News. Her column, Not That You Asked, But appears every other week.