Did that headline get your attention? It should, because as shocking as it sounds, that is exactly what employees at some hospitals around the United States are now being told. Now employees at these hospitals will be forced to choose between their job and taking the swine flu vaccine.
What would you do if you were forced to choose between your job and taking the swine flu vaccine against your will?
In an economy such as this, it can be a heart-wrenching decision.
In New York, health care workers who refuse to take the swine flu vaccine will not be able to work anywhere else in the state due to a new regulation requiring workers there to take the swine flu vaccine.
According to New York state health department spokeswoman Claire Pospisil, the new regulation, which took effect on August 13th, requires all hospitals and health care facilities to provide proof that all of their workers are vaccinated for the swine flu. If they cannot provide such proof by the deadline, these institutions will face fines of $2,000 for the first offense and up to $5,000 for subsequent offenses.
This new policy is causing a lot of controversy in cities such as Albany, New York where about 25,000 hospital and health facility employees will be affected. Not only will doctors and nurses be forced to get swine flu injections, but also janitors and food service workers will be forced to comply or will be faced with termination.
St. Peter's Hospital spokesman Elmer Streeter was very clear about what this new policy means for their employees:
"We will be requiring it of all our employees as a condition of employment."
Some hospital employees in Charleston, West Virginia are facing a similar situation. While a decision is still being made whether or not the swine flu vaccine will be required this year, employees at Charleston Area Medical Center are being forced to get seasonal flu shots this year by December 15th or they will be fired.
CAMC Director of Epidemiology Terrie Lee told the media the following about this new policy:
"Our board of trustees and administrators had been discussing this for a couple years. We decided this year to make it a mandatory process for all of our employees."
So will more hospitals adopt similar guidelines? Will tens of thousands of doctors and nurses across the United States be forced to choose between their careers and taking the swine flu vaccine?
You see, the U.S. government realizes that it would be a mistake for them to directly force the American people to take the swine flu vaccine. Just today, Barack Obama said that the U.S. government will only "strongly recommend" that Americans take the swine flu vaccine.
Instead, it is likely that the U.S. government and world health authorities will start to put pressure on employers and schools to come up with their own mandatory regulations.
So while other countries around the world are forcing their citizens to take the swine flu shot, in the United States you are likely to be required to take the vaccine by your employer or by your school.
So what would you do in such a case?
Would you quit your job just to avoid the vaccine?
Would you quit school to avoid it?
Or would you take the swine flu vaccine and risk being killed or crippled for life as thousands of Americans were after taking the swine flu vaccine in 1976?
A lot of Americans are going to be faced with some really tough choices in the coming months.
Meanwhile, a shocking "facility quarantine order" document for swine flu victims has been discovered on the Internet. This document from the Iowa department of public health is meant to inform swine flu victims that they are to leave their homes and be quarantined in a government facility. This form contains stunning phrases such as "quarantine in your home and other less restrictive alternatives are not acceptable".
Basically this form was prepared in the event that authorities decide that it is time to forcibly relocate swine flu victims from their homes to a government detention center.
Do you find all of this chilling?
Let us hope that these moves towards mandatory vaccinations and forced quarantines do not go any further. So far the swine flu has only killed a few hundred people around the globe and the massive overreaction by authorities to this disease seemingly makes no sense at this point.