Nurses take wrong stance in opposing flu vaccine

Chelsea Conaboy’s article “Some nurses protest hospital flu shot rule” (Metro, Dec. 1), about nurses and other staff members at UMass Memorial Medical Center who are refusing to receive the flu vaccine, is yet another example of why the Massachusetts Nurses Association and its leaders fail to advance the nursing profession.

Ellen Smith is yet another obstinate union leader opposing a policy that is based on scientific evidence and supported by the health community and such organizations as Immunization Action Coalition. Florence Nightingale would cringe at such an ignorant stance.


The union’s leaders and its nurses should expend their energy to advance the profession by highlighting nursing’s contributions and supporting evidence-based practice guidelines. Instead they continue to present themselves like adolescents bristling at authority.

Virginia Gutierrez


The writer is a registered nurse.

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