B.C. Nurses Flu Shot Fight Gets Province To Back Off

Posted: Updated:
FLU SHOT
The B.C. Nurses Union says the province is backing down on a mandatory order for all nurses to get the flu vaccine. (AP) | AP

VANCOUVER - The union representing British Columbia's nurses says members won't be forced to wear masks and stickers if they're not vaccinated against the flu.

British Columbia's health officer Dr. Perry Kendall announced the policy this past August, arguing low vaccination rates among health professionals were putting patients at risk.

But the British Columbia Nurses Union says the provincial government has backed off on the policy following a "strong public campaign" by members.

The union says the provincial government will provide nurses with more information about the value of immunization and provide on-site flu clinics for members.

It says the government will also work with unions and employers to determine the best way to increase vaccination rates.

In November, a doctor with the U.K.-based Cochrane Collaboration publicly questioned the evidence used to justify the mandatory flu-shot policy.

Quick Poll

Do you think flu shots should be mandatory for B.C. nurses?

VOTE


Also on HuffPost:

Close
Mistakes Healthy People Make
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

B.C. backs off on flu-shot policy for nurses - British Columbia - CBC ...

Province reverses flu-shot policy: nurses union | CTV British ...

B.C. nurses fight mandatory flu-shots - Science & Technology ...

B.C. nurses ramp up fight against mandatory flu shots

B.C. nurses union continues flu-shot fight | iPolitics

Nurses union challenges flu shot-or-mask policy

Care worker flu shots most effective tool in limiting infections

Mandated flu shots questioned