SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Employers are trying to determine if they can tell you to get vaccinated for the measles.
In 2000, the CDC declared measles eliminated. In 2014, they confirmed 644 cases in 27 states including Massachusetts. Now, just over a month into 2015, there are more than 100 cases in 14 states.
The CDC says the measles outbreak that started in Disneyland has spread, and the CDC’s monitoring more than 100 infected people. It’s lead to to discussions in the workplace and school systems about being vaccinated.
A National Consumers League survey found that 87% of Americans believe that school-aged children should have mandatory vaccinations, but 64% parents should have the final say.
Employers are wondering if they can order employees to get vaccinated. “Vaccinations is a very tricky one and if I were an employer I would tread very lightly around such questions the reason being employees have so much protection under a variety of laws both Federal and State” Nathan Olin, of Connor, Morneau, & Olin LLP told 22News.
The Americans with Disabilities Act, prohibits discrimination on medical grounds in the workplace. Religious beliefs can also forbid being vaccinated and people could sue over civil rights.
Olin told 22News co-workers can freely discuss what they want. No one can be forced to be vaccinated In the healthcare industry an employer may make you come into less contact with patients.
Gary Gendron, of Chicopee told 22News, “They recommended that we get you know measles vaccinations hepatitis vaccinations and to be on the safe side and to be on the safe side I got anything they requested.”
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