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Ohio employees would have the right to sue if forced to have flu shots or other vaccines, under a new proposal being considered by state lawmakers.

The Ohio House bill would prohibit employers from firing or refusing to hire employees who object to immunizations. Employees could object to vaccinations because of medical reasons like allergies, or because of philosophical or religious beliefs.

A new Illinois statute aims to boost flu shot rates among healthcare workers by making it harder for employees to decline the vaccine.

Lawmakers say this is important in light of last year’s flu season that killed more people than car crashes and drug overdoses. But some on the frontlines of public health worry that a law that’s not enforced will have little effect.


There are a lot of misconceptions out there about the flu shot.

But following a winter in which more than 80,000 people died from flu-related illnesses in the U.S. — the highest death toll in more than 40 years — infectious disease experts are ramping up efforts to get the word out.

A controversial bill dealing with whether an employer can force workers to get the flu shot is still sitting in the Ohio House. The bill is set to get a new round of committee hearings.

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A bill that would prohibit employers, including hospitals, from requiring workers to get a flu vaccine has passed out of an Ohio House committee. But there are signs that it won’t make it to the full House floor in its current form.

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Free flu shots will be offered today by the Franklin County Public Health Department.  The seasonal shots will be available at Hamilton Middle School on the south side, at 755 Rathmell Road,  between noon and 2 this afternoon. 

The state is now helping local health officials get ready for another flu season. The Ohio Department of Health says it has begun shipping tens thousands of doses of flu vaccine to local health departments, so they can provide shots to those most at risk of getting sick.

That includes the elderly, very young children, people with chronic illnesses such as asthma and expectant mothers.

Others are being instructed to check with their doctor to see if they should get a vaccine.