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Horizons Healthcare Services fires pregnant nurse for refusing flu shot

Posted: December 30, 2013 |   Comments

( Dreonna Breton, a 29-year-old nurse from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was fired by her employer, Horizons Healthcare Services, for refusing to expose her unborn child to the flu vaccine.

After three previous miscarriages, the pregnant nurse decided with her family not to receive the flu shot. Breton tried to explain to her employers the risks that the flu shot carries for pregnant women and even submitted supporting documentation from her own primary care doctor and obstetrician, but to no avail; Horizons Healthcare Services disapproved of her personal concerns for her family's health and told her that, without the vaccine, she would be fired by December 17.

She even proposed wearing a mask at work, which is generally allowed for those who are exempt because of religious reasons, but the company refused and subsequently terminated her employment.

Breton isn't interested in taking legal action against her former employer. She desires to continue caring for the health of others as a nurse and urges the company to reevaluate their vaccination policies regarding pregnant employees.

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