Six paramedics off work for refusing flu shotCase illustrates need for better education: nurses’ associationBy Uyen Vu03/12/2007|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/08/2007 Should taking a drug or a vaccination be made a mandatory condition for coming to work? What about for front-line workers in health care? The issue re-emerged last month when a group of paramedics in the Kingston, Ont., area were sent home for not having a flu shot during an influenza outbreak.Steve Hampton, a paramedic working in the counties of Leeds and Grenville, was among the group of 20 paramedics told at the end of January they couldn’t provide patient care when Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health declared it had an outbreak. Of those, 14 returned to work after agreeing to take either the flu shot or the anti-viral drug Tamiflu, and six remained off work, said Terry Baker, president of Local 462 of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.