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Nurse sues Thomas Memorial over vaccine policy

The Charleston Gazette, August 20, 2014

A nurse is suing a South Charleston hospital claiming she was forced to get a flu shot or risk losing her job, even though she says she is severely allergic to the vaccine. Susan Dean says in a lawsuit filed last week in Kanawha County Circuit Court that she is now disabled because Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Hospital, her employer of more than 30 years, required her to prove she is allergic to the flu vaccine -- when staff there should have known. Dean's lawsuit asks that in addition to her being awarded damages, medical professionals be required to undergo training to deal with employees' allergic to the vaccine.