The University of California recently announced that all students, faculty and staff will be required to get their flu vaccinations before November 1st of this year. It’s part of a new system-wide executive order that UC officials announced on Friday. According them, it’s a “proactive measure to help protect members of the UC community – and the public at large – and to ameliorate the severe burdens on health care systems anticipated during the coming fall and winter from influenza and COVID-19.”
A few other universities nationwide have enacted similar policies — Purdue University in Indiana, for example, decided in June to require people returning to campus to get the shot. The University of Miami and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville have also added flu vaccine requirements.
The effort is being made to avoid the potential surge of flu patients who seek hospital care while many may be dealing with coronavirus patients. According msn, this means that “fewer people will have flu and COVID-19 at the same time, a combination that could potentially worsen their health outcome.”
Why This Is Important: This is important because all of these mandates are being enacted under the belief that they will prevent flu cases, COVID-19 cases, and also help protect other people as well, which is the backbone argument of the vaccine industry. Mandates are also moving forward based on the assumption that vaccines are completely safe and effective for everyone.
The problem is, these assumptions do not match a lot of the science that’s been published over the years regarding the flu shot.