Help me sort out my conflicting thoughts about this vaccination issue
May 20, 2014 1:55 PM Subscribe
My workplace offers free flu vaccinations and is aiming for a certain percentage of staff to be vaccinated this year. I had mine; I'm all for vaccinations, think anti-vaxxers are dangerous, would definitely vaccinate my hypothetical kids, might even discourage them from playing with unvaccinated kids; everything is fine. The staff clinic have sent memos to department heads with a list of staff who have not been vaccinated through the clinic, with instructions to mark who has received the flu vaccination elsewhere, who is planning to get it, and who does not want it at all. My manager has put this list up on the noticeboard for those on the list to come and check off their own names (I presume it is easier than for him to track down every staff member directly). I want to ask him to take this list down.
posted by Naanwhal to Health & Fitness (29 answers total)
I don't know why, but it makes me feel very uncomfortable to have what I think is personal health information out in the open. However, in my own head I can make strong arguments against this: my name is not even on the list! I readily volunteer my immunisation status in casual conversations with colleagues - it's not a secret! A minimum percentage of vaccinated staff is important for herd immunity! It's not like a list of who has had, say, pap smears or something - unvaccinated people can affect us all!
I also feel that the staff clinic should be contacting unvaccinated staff directly, like they do regarding our vaccinations for blood-borne illnesses. My manager should not need to know who has had this optional vaccination. What if they were to deny paid sick leave to an unvaccinated person who got sick? ( Obviously this is illegal, but theoretically possible in the future).
I guess I am having trouble reconciling my strong pro-vaccination outlook with my confused feelings about this little issue and would appreciate your perspective. Should I ask my manager to take this list down?