LANCASTER, Pa. (WJZ)—A woman who lives just over the border in Pennsylvania is drawing national attention for her beliefs.
As Mike Schuh reports, when the pregnant nurse refused a flu shot, she was fired.
For the past five years, 29-year-old Dreonna Breton came to her nursing job at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pa.
This fall, the hospital required her to get a flu shot.
“It’s frustrating to me to be forced to do something that you’re not comfortable with,” Breton said.
The mother of a 19-month-old son, she has another baby on the way.
But, in the past year, she’s had two miscarriages and is now worried about complications.
“The known risks are low. I understand that. But there are still risks,” Breton said.
She offered to wear a mask, but refused the vaccine, and that wasn’t good enough.
She was told, “You didn’t provide a medical reason. Therefore, we are terminating you unless you get the flu vaccine,” Breton said.
Her views are counter to those of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which recommends the vaccine for pregnant women, saying: “Flu vaccination is an essential element of prenatal care. No study to date has shown an adverse consequence of flu vaccine in pregnant women or their offspring.”