AJN Vaccine Poll Results

Update: Oct. 21: Thanks to everyone who took part in the vaccination poll (interestingly, only a fraction of those who visited the poll actually answered the simple yes/no question). The poll is now closed. The results: approximately 170 respondents (nurses?) answered the question “should the H1N1 vaccine be mandated for nurses?” Of these, 77% answered “no” and 23% answered “yes.”

Judging from comments we’ve received in response to other posts (here, here, and here) about the H1N1 vaccine, we surmise that not every nurse who answered no is actually opposed to getting the vaccine. They just don’t want to be told they have to get it. Others, of course (as some of the strongly worded comments left in response to this poll show) are entirely against it, whether it’s mandated or not. And others are wholeheartedly for it, firm believers that decisions made by experts using available evidence usually, if not always, lead to benefits for us all.

But there’s obviously a lot more to say on this topic, and we’ll be posting about it soon.

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2009-10-26T12:04:40+00:00 October 13th, 2009|nursing perspective|5 Comments
Senior editor/social media strategy, American Journal of Nursing, and editor of AJN Off the Charts.


  1. […] who work as direct caregivers should be mandated to receive the flu vaccine.  In reading the poll results, I notice that many of the arguments against mandatory vaccination focus on the right to decide […]

  2. Katie October 18, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    I have never gotten the flu vaccine-this year my employee health nurse tried to bully me into getting one-which didn’t work. Now my facility is saying the H1N1 vaccine is going to be required-its MY body, and I am the one who says what goes into it, not the other way around! I am fighting the H1N1 vaccine as well.

  3. pjm October 15, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I don’t get flu shots and I will not be made to get this one, either.

  4. […] Mandated H1N1 Vaccination? Take the poll. […]

  5. Zarah Diaz October 15, 2009 at 12:50 am

    This is MY body, I say what goes in it and what doesn’t. If everybody else has the right to refuse it, why shouldn’t I have that same right? I risk enough of my own health for the care of my patients, and this is the thanks that I get?! Who cares about nurses? Right? WE ARE PEOPLE TOO!!!

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