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Healthcare workers fight back against dangerous flu vaccine mandates

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(NaturalNews) If you want to be a healthcare worker, or keep your current job as one, then you better be OK with getting the flu vaccine each year; that's according to a relatively new requirement now being mandated in many states across the U.S.

Hospital employees are being forced to receive annual flu shots as part of a policy that's mandated based on funding requirements for medical reimbursements through Medicare and Medicaid, as part of the Affordable Health Care Act.

The Affordable Health Care Act, paraded into legislation by Obama, requires "healthcare facilities to have a high compliance rate of employees receiving the flu vaccine," as reported by HealthImpactNews.com.

However, some nurses are fighting back. One group of nurses from Grand Rapids, Michigan, created an organization in 2012 devoted to fighting mandatory vaccination policies in the workplace. Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines (NAMV) isn't entirely anti-vaccines, but supports pro-choice when it comes to vaccinations.

"We believe that all persons should have the right to choose and refuse medical treatment; that means nurses and healthcare workers alike," according to the group's mission statement.

"NAMV does not support mandatory vaccination policies for healthcare workers of any kind. We are here to stand up and fight back against this policy and procedure, and to fight back against the vaccine companies who clearly lobbied for this law ONLY to pad their own pockets."

Strength in numbers proves successful for healthcare workers fighting mandatory vaccines

Another battle is being fought in Boston as the Massachusetts Nurses Association sued Brigham and Women's Hospital in an attempt to "block a policy to require nurses to get flu shots as a condition of employment." The lawsuit is not isolated, as similar actions are being taken in other states.

A nurse from New Jersey filed a lawsuit after being terminated for refusing the flu vaccine in 2010 at Hackettstown Community Hospital. Employees were allowed to refuse flu vaccines only upon providing a medical or religious reason not to, and also agreeing to wear a mask.

June Valent declined the shot but did not list a medical or religious reason, but she did agree to wear the mask. Soon, she lost her job and was disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits by a Department of Labor board of review after several hearings and appeals from both sides.

Bloomberg News reported that the board concluded that Valent "engaged in work-related misconduct by refusing the flu shot." However, after taking her case to the New Jersey appeals court, Valent was vindicated when a three-judge panel ruled in her favor.

According to Bloomberg, "The three-judge panel wrote that the hospital's policy of allowing religious or medical exemptions to the flu shot requirement 'unconstitutionally discriminated against' plaintiff June Valent by rejecting her refusal to be vaccinated for secular reasons."

The judges concluded that endorsing the religious-based exemption while denying her secular choice violated Valent's right to freedom of expression, according to reports.

"Flu vaccine is basically an experimental vaccine that they want to give out to 300 million people every year"

Dr. Mark Geier, an MD with a PhD in genetics and over 10 years experience working at the National Institutes of Health, explains in a video interview why the flu vaccine is a total fraud.

"The CDC does not follow the law for vaccines in requiring long-term safety testing for the influenza vaccine like they do with other vaccines, as it is impossible to test a vaccine that changes every year," according to a summary of Dr. Geier's statements by HealthImpactNews.com.

"So the flu vaccine is basically an experimental vaccine that they want to give out to 300 million people every year. There are also no studies showing the safety of giving the flu vaccine to the same person every single year."

Even further, the flu is "'the wrong thing to vaccinate against' because you have to keep re-vaccinating against it every year, unlike childhood infectious diseases, such as smallpox, that are only vaccinated for once."

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