Nurse sues South Charleston hospital over flu shot

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A South Charleston hospital is being sued by a nurse who says she was required to get a flu shot despite being allergic to the vaccine.

Susan Dean's lawsuit says a new policy at Thomas Memorial Hospital required her to prove her allergy, even though she had a reaction to a flu shot administered by another Thomas nurse 15 years ago.

To keep her job, the lawsuit says Dean underwent allergy testing last October and had a reaction. Since then, she has been hospitalized several times and is unable to work.

The Charleston Gazette ( ) says Dean filed the lawsuit last week in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

Hospital spokeswoman Paige Johnson tells the newspaper that the hospital carefully considers exemptions and makes provisions for individual situations.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette,

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