To Lou Dobbs a Swine Flu Epidemic is the American Way

Glenn Beck’s mini-me Lou Dobbs has jumped on board with the right wing paranoia over swine flu vaccinations. Dobbs called it “detestable” that healthcare workers in New York City have been required to take the swine flu vaccine shot, because there is nothing more American than a flu epidemic being spread through our healthcare system.

Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:

Dobbs said, “We are also going to be dealing with the issue of should healthcare workers be forced to take a swine flu shot? My God, in New York that is exactly what is happening…I am wondering, ladies and gentlemen why we would sit there and allow our bureaucrats to demand that healthcare workers take a swine flu shot, rather than respect them for the great public service they provide, how about a little respect instead of taking away their rights?”

Dobbs later called vaccinations un-American, “This is so un-American that it’s just detestable, and I have to tell you I am absolutely with the healthcare workers throughout New York and the healthcare workers throughout the country. Instead of respect, they are being forced to choose between their job and an inoculation…This is still American folks and we damn well better hang on to it.”

For a quarter century the CDC has strongly recommended that healthcare workers get a flu shot. The problem has been that only 40% actually do. Many employers in the healthcare field are making the shots mandatory this year, because this flu season is expected to be especially difficult.

Just to correct Dobbs and his ilk, government bureaucrats aren’t the people advising making flu shots mandatory for healthcare workers. This advice is coming from infectious disease experts who are trying to prevent a possible flu epidemic. This movement to make flu shots mandatory for healthcare workers is nothing new. It has been going on for years.

The issue isn’t one of individual rights, but personal responsibility. Healthcare workers deal with people who are already weak and susceptible to the flu. Healthcare workers who don’t get vaccinated could spread the flu. One sick healthcare worker could infect dozens of patients in day. It is unbelievable the right wing is trying to earn political points by defying something as common sense as vaccinations.

To right wingers, flu epidemics are the American way. After all, what could possibly be more American than selfishness? The healthcare workers who oppose the vaccinations are being selfish. They are putting themselves ahead of the patients that they are supposed to be helping. If they don’t want to get the swine flu vaccination, then they need to find another line of work. Ditch digging might not pay as well, but it doesn’t require a flu shot.

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4 Replies to “To Lou Dobbs a Swine Flu Epidemic is the American Way”

  1. There is no Flu Epidemic, Dobbs has you on this one and I can’t stand the jerk. You need to write about something else. There is no need for Flu Shots.

  2. Using your live for today logic the people of New Orleans were fine because there was no hurricane before Katrina. The point of encouraging everyone to get flu shots is to head off a possible epidemic. Come back and see me once we are at the height of flu season. Call me overly cautious, but I think it is important to be prepared. What is the harm in getting a flu shot?

  3. Why in the SAM HELL does any one let this alzheimer’s patient speak, CNN stop put the meantally infirm on TV that’s FOX’s job, STOP IT, I believe you are comitting a crime.

  4. Well I have to admit that I have not known The Lou Dobbs show but this video really attracted me. Watching this video about the swine flu which has become a pandemic I have noticed many new facts about it which I have not known before. Well I have heard that swine flu treatment is very similar like stomach flu treatment so it would be really great to discuss about this subject with other people or even the experts. Anyway I will definitely bookmark your website and wait other posts about with the Lou Dobbs show. Thanks a lot for the ability to express my own opinion and keep up publishing those great posts in the future.

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