Pregnant Nurse Fired Over Flu Shot

By NBC10.com Staff and Wire Reports
|  Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014  |  Updated 12:58 PM EDT
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Pregnant Nurse Fired Over Flu Shot

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Dreonna Breton was fired from her nursing job for refusing to get a flu shot. Pregnant, she was concerned for the safety of her baby.

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A pregnant woman who refused to get a flu shot due to her fear of miscarrying has been fired from her job with a health care company.

Dreonna Breton worked as a registered nurse for Horizons Healthcare Services in central Pennsylvania. The company requires all personnel to get the influenza vaccine.

Breton contends the immunizations may not be safe enough for pregnant women. She suffered two miscarriages earlier this year, and doesn't want to risk a third.

"I want to give this baby the best shot that I can. There are just things in the flu vaccine that are not known, like how it affects my growing baby," Breton told NBC affiliate WGAL.

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Company spokesman Alan Peterson says it's unconscionable for a health care worker not to be immunized. He also says pregnant women are more susceptible to the flu.

Breton offered to wear a mask during flu season. But the 29-year-old was fired Dec. 17.

"I do believe I did the right thing, and the right outcome will happen," said Breton.

Federal officials say the flu causes about 200,000 hospitalizations annually.
 

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