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Pregnant Nurse Fired for Refusing Flu Shot
LANCASTER, Penn. (WKRC) -- A Pennsylvania nurse says she was fired from her job for refusing to get a flu shot.
Dreonna Breton was a nurse at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania. The hospital required her to receive a flu vaccine earlier this year. But, she refused.
She has had two miscarriages in the past year and she was worried the flu vaccine could complicate her pregnancy. The hospital fired her.
"There are risks of getting the flu during pregnancy. I know that as well. I did my research on that as well; but the unknowns of the flu vaccine were more risky for me. It was more overwhelming for me to put my body through that and potentially harm my child than the risks of the flu, so that's the decision that we made as a family and felt very comfortable with."
Her former employer says the mandatory immunization is to protect patients and employees from getting potentially serious infections. Breton says she has no plan to sue the hospital. She only want them to change their policy on vaccines for pregnant employees.