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University of Denver Introduces Flu Vaccine Mandate

Medical researchers have suggested influenza outbreaks could soar when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted

The University of Denver announced that students and staff members must get the flu vaccine by mid-December.

The university introduced rigid regulations to manage COVID-19 on campus. Students and staff are required to take saliva tests every nine days. Currently, the school reports an infection rate under 1%.

“If history tells us anything, we expect it is very likely going to be a very aggressive flu season,” said Michael LaFarr, the Executive Director of Health and Counseling at DU. “It’s a part of our overall plan to protect our community. The health and wellbeing of our community.”

Because of the similarities between coronavirus and flu symptoms, LaFarr said the new vaccination requirement is a necessary precaution. The school will offer vaccine clinics for the rest of the semester.

“From people living in the residence halls to close proximity of the classrooms, it puts us at greater risk than other environments,” he added. “So, we need as many safety mechanisms along the way to protect and we’ve got a vaccine.” 

Gov. Jared Polis said on Oct. 18 that keeping the flu infection rate low was vital since over 1,000 Colorado residents are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19. He said a serious flu outbreak would strain the state’s hospitals. 

“We are in a situation where we simply can’t afford as a state to have our normal flu numbers, we’ve got to beat this thing,” Polis said. “We’ve got to keep that number low and the best way to do that is get vaccinated.”

A recent study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases predicts severe influenza outbreaks when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

The study, conducted by researchers from Columbia University Mailman School of Health, also predicts that levels of flu will be higher in the following years.

“Non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs), such as mask-wearing, physical distancing, travel restrictions, and school closures, led to a 60% drop in flu infections during the 10 weeks after their introduction last year. The study suggests that the reduced exposure to flu during the control measures will have led to reduced immunity,” reports Medical News Today.

Other medical professionals have suggested that — because of the COVID-19 pandemic — the flu was underreported last year, making statistical modeling of infections less reliable this year.

The University of Denver is not the only school introducing a flu vaccination requirement. Michael Drake, the president of the University of California system, announced all students and staff members had until November 19 to get a flu inoculation. 

“With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, the potential confluence of infections from COVID-19 and influenza poses a threat to the health and safety of the UC community and the public at large,” UC officials said, per The College Fix.

According to Drake’s statement, community members who do not want to comply must submit a Vaccine Declination Statement to their location’s “vaccine authority.” Unvaccinated students and staff members may be required to wear  “masks or specialized personal protective equipment” or undergo “routine testing” for influenza.

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3 responses to “University of Denver Introduces Flu Vaccine Mandate”

  1. WeaponizedMemes says:

    Scary times ahead.

  2. UppityG says:

    This is all un-Constitutional and they know it but they’re waiting for a court to say so. Were I in your shoes, I’d do the same.

    Maybe print up some Nuremberg Code and scatter ’em around so others can be see what’s being done in historical context.

    God keep you.

  3. Darticus says:

    This is happening under the radar. I work in a small-ish mid-west university and they introduced a similar flu vaccine requirement policy mid September. No one knew it was going through so no one fought against it. Still next to no one talks about it even after it has passed. Under this new policy everyone must get the flu shot by December 1st or face “Disciplinary action”.

    They are more lax with the covid vaccine than the flu one. If you refuse to get the covid vaccine you are just forced to take a test at least every week. For the Flu you will be reprimanded. When it comes to exemptions, covid is again more lax. Under the Flu vaccine you will likely be forced into a meeting with HR to explain your religious beliefs to see if they are good enough or not.

    And this is why I expect to lose my job shortly after December 1st. I will not be forced to adhere to any medical mandate. I will not be forced to inject any substance into my body that I do not agree to.

    So yeah. If anyone is looking to hire a tech guru and isn’t going to force this bullcrap, let me know.