Please Act Today – Flu Vaccine for Health Care Workers S2984

*UPDATE! 9/8/11 – This morning Vitale’s office said this bill S2984 is not going to be voted on today. It is off the schedule. She didn’t know when it would be back on.

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S2984 is scheduled for a vote in the Senate Health Committee this Thursday, September 8, 2011.

This bill is an act concerning influenza vaccination of certain health care workers.

This bill will require health care facilities to “offer” influenza vaccine to health care workers and track those who have received the vaccine and those who refuse the vaccine. This opens the door for vaccine mandates for adults. Records will be maintained regarding who has received this vaccine and who has declined it.

  • This bill is a waste of health care dollars – NJ can’t afford this cost.
  • The bill language mandates following the federal ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) recommendations, which can change and could result in more frequent and/or other adult vaccine co-mandates.
  • Health Care workers in NJ are well aware of the CDC vaccine recommendations. They already have access to the flu vaccine and can determine if the flu shot is right for them. They should not be pressured and coerced into getting one.
  • Independent Researchers have shown the flu vaccine to be ineffective (Cochrane review 2011)

Please call, email, and fax, the members of the Senate Health Committee listed below and ask them to VOTE NO on S2984 (Call Today and Tomorrow, they Vote on Thursday, September 8th)

Loretta Weinberg 201-928-0100 / fax 201-928-0406

Joseph Vitale 732-855-7441

Dawn Marie Addiego 609-654-1498

Diane Allen 609-239-2800 / fax 609-239-2673

Robert Gordon 201-703-9779

Sean Kean 732-974-0400 / fax 732-974-2564

Fred Madden 856-232-6700

Ronald Rice 973-371-5665

Robert Singer 732-901-0702 / fax 732-901-0587

Jim Whelan 609-383-1388

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