That is quite cowardly, contradictory and at the very least shameful, not only as a health practitioner, but as a human being.
The aim of the study was to identify the barriers and reasons why nurses did not vaccinate themselves against pertussis despite the fact that the pertussis vaccine is the vaccine these nurses administer to infants every day.
Two major and two minor themes were identified based on qualitative methods as described in the literature.
Lack of Trust in Health Authorities
The majority of nurses in all focus groups expressed, to varying
degrees, lack of trust in the health authorities regarding their
recommendation to be vaccinated. This was related to the recent
"...there was a drastic change in trust..."
"...I feel a real crisis in trust due to the swine flu affair."
The general mistrust generated during the A/H1N1 pandemic
was directed to the pertussis vaccine when they were asked to
Treatment of Nurses By The Employer
The nurses expressed their frustration with the administration
and complained of the treatment they received from the administration
that had no respect for them as individuals.
Some of the comments were related to the pertussis vaccine
"They should treat us like human beings."
"we are not soldiers..."
Most of the comments were related to the influenza vaccine:
"...we were threatened, we got multiple emails asking who got
vaccinated and if not why not,,,"
The Right For Autonomy
The nurses expressed strong feelings against the Ministry of Health�s (MOH's) recommendation for Health Care Workers (HCW's) to be vaccinated. They do not want to be told what to do and want to make the decision themselves.
"One nurse in the hospital got pertussis, and infected someone or
not- don't know. So then 'wham' all the nurses have
to get immunized, so no one got immunized and they are
right!... what are we? -- in Soviet Russia?... on principle I am not
getting vaccinated this year."
"... 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
Mistrust of Health Information
Many nurses felt the information they received was not adequate and did not answer their needs. They felt the information they received did not help them counsel families or make decisions regarding their vaccinations. This was in the context of their mistrust in the MOH.
"With the swine flu there was a lot of disinformation at the
beginning, there was a lot of confusion at the beginning."
"... you can't brain wash us, they expect us to forget what they
said three months ago or a year ago and start again, part of what
we did was not so good, now we do something else... you can
do that at work but not in my private life, I can't..."
Being a Role Model
Most nurses did not see themselves as role models and did
not think they should reveal their personal behaviors or beliefs to
patients who ask them about themselves.
However, a few nurses
found their decision not to be immunized 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
Fear of Side Effects
The nurses reported on their experiences of side effects of vaccines.
They felt that the risk of contracting the diseases and the severity were not worth the risk of being injected with a vaccine that was not in use long enough to know what the side effects were. This was directed towards both influenza and pertussis vaccines, and they felt the authorities were using them as guinea pigs.
The Tides are Turning And The Vaccination Game Will End
I have no doubt that we will see the end of vaccinations one day and it will be exposed for the barbaric practice that it is, especially on infants and children.
The anti-vaccinationist 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.
If you still believe in vaccination to prevent disease, I promise that one day you won't!
*** Dave Mihalovic is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in vaccine research, cancer prevention and a natural approach to treatment.