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Pregnant nurse fired from job for refusing to get flu shot

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A pregnant Pennsylvania woman and registered nurse says her employer fired her for refusing to get a flu shot.

Her former employer says she violated company policy by not getting the now annually required vaccine.

After suffering two miscarriages earlier this year, Dreonna Breton was overjoyed when she found out in October that she is pregnant.

She also learned that the company where she works as a registered nurse, Horizon Healthcare Services, is now requiring all employees to receive a flu shot.

After doing her own research, Breton says she wasn't comfortable getting the vaccine.

She was fired on December 17 after the company did not agree with three letters written by Breton, her midwife and a physician requesting a medical exemption.

“There are no studies on pregnant women that the effects and safety are not known in pregnant women, and therefore, you can't tell me that it's 100 percent safe,” said Breton.

In a statement from Horizon Healthcare Services, President Carolyn Carlson, RN., wrote in part, “Our flu immunization policy mirrors similar policies at Lancaster General Health and a growing number of healthcare providers throughout the country. “

“For our employees who are pregnant, we believe that the flu vaccine provides a safe and effective way of protecting a mother and her unborn child from a serious illness.”

Breton disagrees. Despite losing her job, she has no regrets about challenging the policy.

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