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I am a caregiver and cannot take the flu shot. Having said that I would never go into a home when I am sick. I dont want to compromise medically fragile seniors. I stay home and get better first. If a caregiver insists on working while sick, show them the door and arrange for another caregiver.
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NeedHelpWithMom Oct 29, 2019
Thank you for being sensible and considerate of the elderly.
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No. If she has the flu she should not be out passing it around to other people. You cannot however, insist she get a flu shot.
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Carmassiah Oct 27, 2019
Thanks Becky04473.
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It is her duty to NOT come to your house when she has the flu as it may be passed on to your mother. I had someone cancel out to come over because she was sick. It is only prudent to not expose the elderly to the flu or any sort of sickness.
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Carmassiah Oct 27, 2019
Thanks HeidiJean.   I totally agree.
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As a caregiver, I cannot even believe this is a question. No she doesn’t come to work. The job of a caregiver goes beyond showing up for work. The client is the priority over everything else. Their safety, health and well being is our main job. I don’t go to work sick and I don’t get paid for it-oh well, it’s my choice to work in this field. Hope you find someone to love your Mom!
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NeedHelpWithMom Oct 29, 2019
Exactly!
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No she shouldn't come to work and if she/he works for an agency, call and raise h*ll.

MY mom can't have the flu shot due to allergies. It makes me doubly vigilant and have called care agency when I find unvacctstaff.
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No it's not unfair. Flu shots should be mandatory for caregivers. Plus I've heard it's an especially bad flu strain this year. So no it's very fair!
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Carmassiah Oct 27, 2019
Thanks Gershun.
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Every caregiver should get a flu shot. I started getting them when I was taking care of my mother. If the caregiver doesn't want to do it, maybe she should be replaced.
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Carmassiah Oct 27, 2019
Thanks CarlaCB.   Just what I thought.
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Carmassiah, I hope your Mom has had her flu shot.

One can have the flu without the symptoms for a couple of days until the flu finally crashes them, thus pass the virus onto others around them, even passing the virus to you. Unfortunately, your Mom could come down with the flu if the caregiver was with her during the pre-no-symptom days.
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Carmassiah Oct 27, 2019
Thanks freqflyer.   My mom gets the flu shot every year and she's only had a slight cold once in the last 3 years.
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You actually knew the answer to your question, didn't you. You're just protecting your mom. You wouldn't put her bed out into a busy street and you shouldn't put her close to harmful virus. The potential for the situation to "go south" is high.
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It is her choice if she gets the flu shot or not.  It is your choice whether you allow her into your moms home while ill.  Common sense needs to come into play here.  Anyone who is not feeling well should steer clear of young children and the elderly.
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