January 2, 2013

No Shot, No Job

1 Health Workers Fired for Refusing Flu Shot

Eight Indiana hospital workers were fired after refusing to get flu shots under a new hospital policy that makes the vaccine mandatory for staff and volunteers. The policy is intended to protect patients from the virus, which could be fatal. The new requirements came as a recommendation from the Centers of Disease Control, the American Medical Assn. and other major health agencies. Joyce Gingerich, who refused the shot citing religious beliefs said, “I knew that I could not compromise my personal belief system for a job.” Under the new policy, hospital staff had the option to file medical or religious exemptions from the vaccine. Gingerich and the other abstaining employees hired an attorney to write their exemption recommendations which were rejected by hospital officials.

More at FoxNews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Mandatory Flu Shots for All Medical Workers?

Tags: American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control, Flu Shot, Flu Vaccine, Mandatory Flu Shots, Healthcare Workers Fired for Refusing Flu Vaccine, Joyce Gingerich

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Reading As Birth Control?

2 Literacy Levels and Teen Pregnancy Linked

A six year study in Philadelphia following 12,339 seventh grade girls in the public school system found an inverse relationship between reading skills and the risk of teen pregnancy. Researchers looked at the girls’ reading tests scores and found that 21 percent of the girls who scored below average gave birth as teens compared to 12 percent and 5 percent of those with average and above average scores, respectively. Latino and Black girls were more likely to get pregnant as well as those living in poverty. Once these factors were accounted for, girls with below average reading scores were 2.5 more times likely to get pregnant. Teen pregnancy is a concern because pregnant teens and their babies often have more health issues and teen moms are more likely to drop out of high school.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: US Teen Birth Rate at Record Low

Tags: Literacy, Teen Pregnancy, Reading Skills, Teen Pregnancy Factors

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