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WI bill to prevent employers from requiring flu shots


MADISON (WKOW) -- Under a bill pending in the Legislature, Wisconsin employers could no longer require workers to get the flu shot.  This includes hospitals and nursing homes.

Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt of Fond du Lac says he began drafting the legislation after several hospital workers and health care contractors in his district complained they were fired after refusing to be vaccinated.

The bill would require employers to provide information about the risks and benefits of the vaccination.  Employers would not be able to demote, suspend, discharge, or discriminate against employees who choose not to get the shot.

Wisconsin would be the only state that prevents employers of any kind from requiring vaccinations if the bill is passed.

Health care policy experts say it's unwise because health care workers have a responsibility to protect patients.

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