MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin employers, including hospitals and nursing homes, could no longer require workers to get flu shots under a bill pending in the Legislature. Republican Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt of Fond du Lac says he began drafting the legislation after several hospital workers and health care contractors in his district complained about being fired for refusing to be vaccinated each season.
The bill would require employers to provide information about the risks and benefits of vaccination and allow employees reasonable time to consider it. They could not demote, suspend, discharge or discriminate against employees who refuse. If passed, the bill would make Wisconsin the only state that bars employers of any type from requiring vaccinations. Health care policy experts say it's unwise because health care workers have a responsibility to protect patients.