Last year during the H1N1 flu pandemic, we heard from a lot of area workers who were compelled to get flu shots by their employers -- but they were pretty much all health care workers.
Health care workers work with vulnerable populations, so it makes sense that the bosses would consider vaccinating everyone. And health care workers don't have the best record. Historically, only half of the health care work force gets a vaccination.
State and federal governments made sure the health care workers were among the first in line when there were shortages of the H1N1 vaccine, though officials made it clear that they were not requiring the shots.
But this year, I was surprised to hear from workers who said they were being required to get vaccinations -- and these people don't work in health care. These are professionals who might see clients, but not patients. Perhaps the bosses were thinking about employee absenteeism?
Have you been compelled to get a vaccination? Think your boss should be allowed to require you to?