Thursday, October 15, 2009

'Stop the Shot' Campaign Against H1N1 Vaccine Hits Federal and State Courts:

Tresa Baldas
The National Law Journal
October 14, 2009

A "stop the shot" campaign has hit federal and state courts. This past Friday, a group of New York doctors and health care workers asked a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to order the federal government not to distribute the H1N1 vaccine. Specifically, they're challenging the legality of the licensing of the swine flu vaccine, alleging it was approved too quickly without appropriate testing for safety and effectiveness.

Furthermore, the plaintiffs, who filed their suit in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, are seeking an immediate court order to halt mandated H1N1 flu shots in New York state. New York has ordered that all health care workers receive the H1N1 vaccine or risk losing their jobs.

That mandate is also facing a legal challenge in New York state trial court in Manhattan, where a lawsuit on behalf of 60,000 state health care workers has been filed against the state health commissioner to halt the required flu shots. The state has vowed a fight.

A similar lawsuit has been filed in the state of Washington, where the Washington State Nurses Association is suing a multifacility health care provider over a policy requiring nurses to get vaccinated for both the seasonal and swine flu.

"They don't want to be forced to take it. They know that it could be flawed," said Leslie Fourton, a New York solo practitioner who is one of several lawyers representing plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit in Washington.

Those plaintiffs include a medical doctor who believes the vaccine is harmful, a nurse who has had adverse reactions to prior flu vaccines, a pregnant nurse's aide who fears the vaccine could harm her unborn child, and a student who has classes in health care settings and is citing religious reasons for not taking the vaccine.


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