MD vaccine message: Do as I say, not as I do

An article in a recent issue of the AMA News points out an embarrassing problem facing the medical industry. Its own members — medical doctors and medical health care workers — are failing to getting vaccinated, even though they urge the public to do so. The problem is getting to severe that some medical organizations are suggesting the vaccines be a mandatory condition for employment.

National Vaccine Information CenterThe April 1, 2010 issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that, as of mid-January, only 37.1% of health professionals had gotten their influenza A (H1N1) vaccine — and only two-thirds thought the shot was safe.

Although 80.9% said they felt the seasonal flu vaccine (as opposed to the H1N1) was safe, only 61.9% had received their 2009-10 vaccine.

“A concern about side effects is one reason health care employees decline vaccines…” reported Christine S. Moyer in the AMA News article, posted online Sept. 13, 2010.”Other reasons include fear of contracting an influenza or influenza-like illness from the immunization, perceived ineffectiveness of the vaccine and a belief that the flu is not a severe disease.”

The medical response was to consider forcing health care workers to subject themselves to the vaccine shot in order to keep their jobs. “Despite educational efforts, we have 40% to 70% immunization rates that are woefully inadequate,” said Michael L. Butera, MD, an alternate member of the AMA House of Delegates who spoke on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America at the AMA meeting last year. He suggested that mandates may be “the only way to achieve” the goal of universal vaccination. At that time, the AMA chose to vote against the mandate but may reconsider at this year’s meeting.

The fact that the medical industry feels it has the right to tell people what drugs they MUST take in order to hold a job, attend school or engage in certain activities infuriates me, and scares me as well. Where do we draw the line in the sand and say “no more!”? When are we going to insist that we be allowed to make our own decisions about our health care?

I urge everyone to join a vaccine awareness organization such as the National Vaccine Information Center and do whatever you can to raise awareness of the vaccine issue and work to safeguard our right to control our own bodies!

7 Replies to “MD vaccine message: Do as I say, not as I do”

  1. I had a flew shot about ten years ago because I felt I should have it. Every winter I was getting a cough that would not go away so I thought I needed it. My cough did not get better however.
    Thankfully not too much later a doozy of a subluxation was giving me pain in my shoulder and neck and I ended up at my Chiropractors! Needless to say that next winter I did not develop the cough and the years following stayed healthy all throughout the flu season.
    Conclusion, visit your Chiropractor and get relief from Flu and you won’t have to deal with side effects!

  2. Also, when the flu shot didn’t help to solve my problem the MD suggested I try a pill I was told would help with the cough. My father is very good at looking up meds in his medical drug dictionary if you will. The drug the doc had given me was good for alziemers! Needless to say I did not tollerate it very well.
    Perhpas explains why conservative care first for me is the way to go!

  3. Where do we draw the line? The line is drawn when we make the decision to not participate, and then live from that position. Another question is “When did personal health care choices become a political forum?” You are doing a great job informing people. Thank you.

  4. I was pleasantly surprised that Australia has become the first country to ban flu vaccines for children under the age of two. This was in response to so many kids ending up with convuslions and other serious effects.

    Then the president of the Australian Medical Association was on the radio a few days later and stated that some kids getting injured and even dying was “an acceptable loss” as if kids were soldiers trying to achieve a military objective.

    Interestingly a study looking at oncologists who get cancer found that over 80% do not elect to have chemo.
    Another example of “do as I say and not as I do.”

  5. I wonder if maybe many MDs are in the same position that a lot of us find ourselves. That is, we are part of a community with leaders who do not represent the people. The “party line” may be being dictated by elites who do not reflect the rank and file. Sound familiar?

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