A study in the current issue of Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice reveals that an estimated 17.5 percent of newly-licensed RNs leave their first nursing job within the first year and one in three (33.5%) leave within two years. The authors point out many of the problems with existing turnover numbers in the literature, but many nurses are simply unhappy and growing numbers are resisting vaccinations themselves which is presenting problems in enforced environments where it is mandatory to be vaccinated.
A study in Vaccine titled "What lied behind the low rates of vaccinations among nurses who treat infants?" is evidence of a growing resistance to vaccinating infants in the developed world.
What is unfortunate is that although many of these nurses refuse the vaccinations themselves, they proceed to administer these poisons to infants to protect their employment. That is quite cowardly, contradictory and at the very least shameful, not only as a health practitioner, but as a human being.
Other problems relate to more nurses being pressured by doctors to mislead parents into a
false sense of security while attempting to address and convince anti-vaccine parents that their misconceptions about vaccinations are based on myths.
Lack of Trust in Health Authorities
The majority of nurses in focus groups have expressed, to varying
degrees, lack of trust in the health authorities regarding their
recommendation to be vaccinated.
Nurses have expressed their frustration with health administrations
and have complained of the treatment they have received from
that had no respect for them as individuals.
Nurses have expressed strong feelings against Ministries of Health in many nations for the expectation to be vaccinated. They do not want to be told what to do and want to make the decision themselves.
Comments regarding influenza:
"...if I want to, I will get the vaccine, I am a grownup, I am
responsible, if I want I will get vaccinated, it will not help whatever
he says (the MD)."
Within this conflict between self and profession they wanted to
be given the opportunity to decide for themselves if to get vaccinated.
They knew they had to work by "the book" regarding the
infants they treat. However, they do not accept the recommendations
blindly for themselves.
"...the line runs between me giving vaccines and receiving vaccines,
I can personally be against vaccinations but am not against
the national policy regarding vaccines, whoever wants can get
"I don't want anybody to make me get immunized, I do not want
to, even if it is mandatory, even if it is pertussis, I don't want to
Most nurses do not see themselves as role models and do
not think they should reveal their personal behaviors or beliefs to
patients who ask them about themselves. However, some nurses
find their decision not to be vaccinated problematic and debates
between nurses started in all focus groups.
"What I do as a person and my beliefs are not relevant at all as
At many hospitals, flu shots are now mandatory for anyone who regularly enters the hospital including all medical staff, paid employees, students, vendors and volunteers. Many nurses are being faced with a choice to either get a flu shot or lose their job.
Fear of Side Effects
Nurses have reported on their experiences of side effects of vaccines.
They feel that the risk of contracting the diseases and the severity are not worth the risk of being injected with a vaccine that was not in use long enough to know what the side effects are. This is directed towards both influenza and pertussis vaccines, and they feel authorities are using them as guinea pigs.
More doctors are not using the Hib vaccine on their own children. Their reasons for declining the use of Hib for their own children included a lack of concern about the disease and the desire to reduce vaccines to a minimum.
Similarly almost a growing number of physicians are not using the MMR on their own children to avoid the trivalent combined vaccines because of safety concerns, the preference for infection-driven rather than vaccine-induced immunity, and the conviction that specific non-medical treatments allow a benign outcome of measles, mumps, and rubella. More nonpediatricians are delaying the initiation of DTaP vaccination beyond 6 months. 15 percent nonpediatricians would not give the first dose of measles or MMR before 2 years of age. These choices for physicians’ own families seem to reflect the same concerns as those of other educated health care consumers.
Growing Numbers of Anti-Vaccine-Friendly Doctors
Most doctors kick patients out of their practice for not vaccinating, or for asking too many questions. But there are now many who will do their best to provide you with vaccine advice and/or alternative schedules. There are now so many parents looking for these types of doctors that they have been inundated with phone calls from parents who want to seek advice on alternatives to vaccination. Dr. Sears hosts one such list on his website and divides them by state. List of vaccine-friendly doctors
The Tides are Turning And The Vaccination Game Will End
The antivaccinationist ideals the nurses expressed are an indication of the resistance within medical circles. Emotions and attitudes such as fear of the vaccines and mistrust in the health authorities and leading factors in lower compliance rates.
These attitudes and emotions may influence their actions toward other vaccines in the future. Eventually physicians and medical students themselves will begin to question vaccine wisdom. The house of cards is crumbling and the vaccination hoax health authorities have promoted to the population is being exposed.
Dave Mihalovic is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in vaccine research, cancer prevention and a natural approach to treatment.