Facebook Feedback: Flu Shots and Career Motivations
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you're missing a lot of fun feedback. If you are, keep following and spread the
word! The conversations are far from over.
We asked Facebook fans: Fill in the blank: I am a laboratory professional because _________.
selected responses, copied verbatim without editing:
though I was a combat infanty medic, EMT, and med tech....I was not
"qualified" for med school even though my medical background was
superior to that of 90% of the med school applicants....oh wait, I wasn't
related to any med school alum...my bad
- I didn't
want direct patient care. Funny I'm a MLT who does mainly phlebotomy...who
- I want to
help patients without actually seeing or doing anything with the actual
patients. Also, I love routine and order and details :)
- I don't
like patient contact...
- I love
- it's an
- My mind is
drawn to science, and I'm just slightly anti-people. :)
- I'm a
glutton for punishment. :P (J/K!) I've always loved science, and I enjoy
never seeing the same thing every day (or night) at work.
aren't too many other professions where you merge real biological science
with medicine. I also get to play with expensive toys all day!
- the lab is
full of bookish, quirky, science geeks like me!
- I really
thought it was an exciting, important and amazing career...
I still do; too bad no one else does!!!
- I love to
solve a tough puzzle :) and of course to make people feel better faster
- I wanted
to work in Microbiology
We also asked Facebook fans: Will you get a flu shot this year?
- Nope! I
haven't gotten a flu shot since 1999. I had a horrible reaction to it then.
Besides, every year is a best guess of what flu will hit.
- I have
already done so as well. My possibly soon-to-be former employer requires
all employees to either get one by November 14 or wear a mask throughout
their working hours between November 15 and March 1.
- Got it for
free at work
- got mine,
got my son's and getting my daughter's in a couple weeks..
getting one is a condition of employment...getting it this week. I dont
want to wear a mask until March.
- Got mine
for free at work. It isn't mandatory but highly recommended!
- Yes and it
- Not yet
its mandatory at my place of employment
- Got mine
already. There is a great blog going around about healthcare workers not
wanting one. It's called "A Budget of Dumb Asses 2011 Rubor, Calor,
Check it out. Super funny and true.
- I already
got mine for free from work. Currently, my place of employment does not
require it, but we do have to fill out paperwork to opt out of the shot,
and starting next year it will be required.
- I don't
see how employers can make the shot mandatory. There are a lot of people
who just can't get the shot -like me. Besides that, patients arrive in the
hospital coughing up a lot worse thing than the flu. If wearing a mask
during flu season is required, why not require one year round? What makes
the flu worse than another respiratory disease? I wear a mask whenever a
patient presents with respiratory symptoms.
- My hospital
made the shot mandatory , or you have to wear a mask if you refuse.
got mine today!!
- Got mine a
few weeks ago.
- Done! A
little *** in the arm beats muscle aches, fever, and respiratory
symptoms for a number of days.
- I got mine
did! Have to sign a declination and wear a mask if not!
it's the right thing to do for our patients, families, and co-workers. It
may not be perfect, but it's the best thing we've got at the moment.
- Maybe the
patients should be wearing masks. TB exposure from one = positive TB test
and had to do 6 months of antibiotics!
because I needed it and because it's required at my hospital.
- I tried,
but they told me no. I guess it's not for people with suppressed immune
systems this year...