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There are 19 comments on Get Your Flu Shot. It’s Mandatory This Year

  1. Absolutely disgusting and repulsive that BU is forcefully inoculating their students. What’s next? You’re gonna have to get the COVID vaccine to go on campus?

    1. One can only hope. If you don’t want to protect yourself against an infectious and potentially dangerous disease, then that’s your business, but the minute you put your unvaccinated self in a space that we share, it becomes everyone’s business.

      1. You cannot forcefully innoculate someone. You live in Boston, a major city. Do you know how many people you have walked by/encountered that haven’t gotten their vaccines? Stop trying to sound righteous.

        1. Alas.

          Who is being forcefully inoculated, here, though? This rule only applies to people who choose to be physically present on the campus of a private institution. (An institution, I might add, that has gone to great lengths to make it possible to choose not to be physically present on campus.)

          You’re also right that I can’t control who passes me on the street; I can, however, choose the community that I live, learn, and work with and so come into daily close contact with. The standards we hold the general public too in terms of respecting others should be a baseline for our schools and workplaces, not the upper limit, and I for one, am glad to be part of a community that tries to protect its vulnerable members. If you disagree, then that’s your right, just as it’s your right to stay home and well away from me.

          (So very sorry if my tone has upset you. I suppose I should be thankful that you didn’t find it “disgusting” or “repulsive.”)

          1. Once again you are trying to sound so very righteous and intellectual. You have no right to complain about what people put in their body and what people don’t.

            Just bc you are affiliated w BU doesn’t mean you’re better than someone from a community college. From your tone I can certainty say that you do, even if you wouldn’t admit it. Stop being so elitist and get that chip off your shoulder.

  2. I’ve never been particularly pro or anti vaccine (though I have had MANY vaccines for traveling, so I suppose you could say I was more on the pro side) and figured the debate wasn’t relevant to me since I don’t have a child, but with all this vaccine talk lately I decided to do some research, and was genuinely horrified by what I learned.

    For those who are already rolling their eyes and thinking I’m some kind of idiot who does not believe in science, there are *numerous* scientific studies out there showing that vaccines do indeed have negative side effects: Miller’s “Review of Critical Vaccine Studies” lists 400 of those studies and is an excellent place to start your research if you’re interested – it’s available on Amazon.

    Vigiaccess (vigiaccess.org), which monitors the number of adverse reactions caused by various vaccines notes that there are currently 245,578 complaints of adverse reaction caused by the flu vaccine alone. And estimates suggest that only 1% of adverse reactions caused by vaccines are reported, because as a culture we’re just shepherded into believing they are “safe and effective” and don’t associate negative reactions with the vaccine we had.

    With this in mind, I think it’s vile and inappropriate for Govenor Baker to be mandating flu vaccines for students, and I’m deeply saddened that BU’s students have to go along with this. I’m grateful that as a staff member it is not (yet?) mandatory, but that’s a very small silver lining when I know that so many others are being put at risk.

    BU is a force in Boston: can we not lead and stand up to Govenor Baker’s new rule?

    1. We can and should stand up to Gov. Baker’s new restrictions and mandates, but the problem is that so many students are already complacent in the hive-mind and think that whatever new draconian mandates Baker puts into place now are “keeping us safe” and “necessary to beat coronavirus”. It gives me some hope that not everyone in the BU community is supportive of the mandatory flu vaccine, but it’s nowhere near enough to have our voices heard and not be shut down immediately.

    2. Do you have links to any of those “numerous scientific studies out there showing that vaccines do indeed have negative side effects?” I’m generally skeptical of the sorts of claims you’re making, but I’m willing to have my mind changed with evidence. I assume since you’ve done the research, you’ve looked at least a couple peer-reviewed sources yourself, and I’d be interested to see which ones you found persuasive.

    3. Hi there, I’m the science editor of BU’s research news site, The Brink. I’d like to share that I’m concerned about the credibility of the book you’ve referenced, written by Neil Miller, who has a degree in psychology. He is not an infectious disease expert, microbiologist, virologist, or vaccine researcher. He is also the director of an antivax organization, and a frequent speaker for other organizations that lobby against vaccines. Since, as a paid speaker, it’s profitable for him to push the idea that vaccines are dangerous, and because he’s not a subject matter expert on this topic at all, I think his credibility is questionable. Finally, his book is a roundup of studies that only find potential issues with vaccines. Such studies are a necessary part of exploring whether a vaccine provides more benefit or risk to individuals and the greater community. Vaccine research must be looked at as a body of evidence, not just focusing on the positive or negative studies, to evaluate whether or not side effects are major enough to block a vaccine from being used in humans, or minor enough that small risks are outweighed by the overwhelming benefit of preventing infectious diseases that come with far greater health risks. This type of careful and balanced evaluation, looking at all pros and cons, is exactly the process of studies and clinical trials that vaccines must go through before they are approved for broad use in humans.

  3. As best I can tell, there are no available appointments for faculty on CRC and haven’t been for a while now. Available appointments are at 0 across the board.

    1. There are no available appointments for students, either. When I called SHS last week to try and schedule an appointment, I was told that they didn’t have enough doses to meet demand and I should try and get a shot elsewhere.

      While I’m all for making sure that the University community is vaccinated, maybe they could’ve checked to make sure that there was actually enough of a supply on hand before making it mandatory and launching their big public information campaign.

      1. Student Health Services is actively working to hold additional flu clinics which will appear on our calendar’s website: https://www.bu.edu/shs/calendar/
        We are anticipating deliveries occurring over the coming weeks and our next scheduled clinic is October 6th. Students are able to receive flu shots from local pharmacies or other healthcare offices and only need to upload proof to Patient Connect in order to have their compliance updated.

    1. And where in this article title does it say (as boldly as the title mentioning “required”) that students have medical and religious exemptions to the flu vaccine ??

      Misinformation again to students.

      I am an angry BU parent.

      What’s next, required covid vaccines ??

      1. There is actually no mandatory influenza vaccine at BU, a private institution. The governor’s mandate enforces at the level of MA public schools. BU Today failed to consult with BU administrators before the publishing of this article. Very misleading and irresponsible.

  4. Can confirm, the mandate issued by Governor Baker is for public schools of MA. BU, being private, has not implemented such a requirement. So it is not necessary to get the vaccine if you do not want to. BU Today failed to contact the administration before publishing this article.

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