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Monday 20 November 2017

Pregnant nurse fired over flu shot

NEEDLE phobia is preventing many health staff in nursing homes from getting the flu vaccine
NEEDLE phobia is preventing many health staff in nursing homes from getting the flu vaccine

A pregnant woman who refused to get a flu shot due to her fear of miscarrying has been fired from her job with a US health care company.

Dreonna Breton worked as a registered nurse for Horizons Healthcare Services in central Pennsylvania. The company requires all personnel to get the influenza vaccine.

Ms Breton contends the immunisations may not be safe enough for pregnant women. She suffered two miscarriages earlier this year, and does not want to risk a third.

Company spokesman Alan Peterson says it is unconscionable for a health care worker not to be immunised. He also says pregnant women are more susceptible to the flu.

Ms Breton offered to wear a mask during flu season, but the 29-year-old was fired on December 17.

Health officials say the flu causes about 200,000 patients to be admitted to hospital annually.

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