OAMF Update And Event Invitation!

Join us in Raising Awareness for Guillain-Barré Syndrome! FREE EVENT!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Ohio Statehouse
The Ohio Capital Atrium
1 East Capital Street
Columbus, OH 43215
In Loving Memory of Big Mike (Michael E. Bailey)
October 23, 1954 – July 7, 2017

Michael Bailey Jr., “Remembering Big Mike”
James Lyons-Weller, Ph.D., “Biological Mechanisms of Vaccine Injury & Michael Bailey Sr.’s Experience from a Neuroimmune Perspective”
Daniel Neides, MD, “A Doctor’s Perspective”
Maura Urchek, BSN, RN, CCM, “A Nurse’s Perspective”
Lisa Marks Smith, “Guillain-Barré Syndrome Survivor”

This event is presented at no cost to the public by Ohio Advocates for Medical Freedom. Click on the flyer image for a PDF printable copy!

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Dr. James Lyons-Weiler tells the story of “Big Mike” Bailey, who was forced to get a flu shot or lose his job (months from retirement). Click here to view the video.

OAMF members on the radio!

WHAT: OAMF has been invited by Columbus talk radio station 98.9FM (The Chuck Douglas Radio Show) to discuss HB 193 and forced flu vaccinations.

WHO: Live in the 98.9FM studio will be OAMF President Michelle Cotterman RN, Lisa Marks Smith who nearly died from a flu shot in 2005 and went through the vaccine court process, and Michelle Krinksy an Ohio nurse who was just fired by her employer of 29 years for refusing the flu shot.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 20 from 5:30 -7pm

LISTEN: Listen live on the radio at 98.9FM (Columbus area) or listen online at http://989theanswer.com/content/all/chuck-douglas-radio

PARTICIPATE: Call in to share your thoughts on/experiences with mandatory flu vaccine requirements during Wednesday’s show at 1-844-TALK-989

Mandatory Flu Vaccines: Understanding Religious Accommodation Under Title VII

Many people are under the impression that the only way to decline a flu shot required at work is by the employer allowing an exemption, similar to school vaccine exemptions. Some employers have and still may offer some sort of religious exemption to the flu shot; however, that is dramatically decreasing. Many still offer medical exemptions, often based on strict CDC contraindications.

The thing most people don’t realize is that hospitals (and employers in general) are still required under Title VII to provide religious accommodation to employees with deeply held beliefs. This isn’t contingent on any denomination or even belief in God, but it must be worded very carefully to hold up in court.

So employers are saying they no longer offer exemptions — and that may be true — but the federal provisions were never about exemptions like we think of with school kids.

We know several people who’ve been successful, most using a lawyer, to get a religious accommodation, but employers aren’t going to advertise that and some make it very difficult to know.

Mandatory Flu Vaccines: Understanding Religious Accommodation Under Title VII


In terms of people who’ve been successful, it’s been those who have clear medical issues and also those who hire an attorney. Others have written their own religious accommodation letters, but you have to be careful about what will stand up in court should you be fired.


Another, separate issue is that employees need to band together — in unions or not — to require employers to have robust data supporting anything that carries risk. Personally, we think employers’ rights end outside the workers’ bodies no matter what, especially when it comes to issues of informed medical consent. There is an agency set up to help with workplace conditions, and we’ve contacted them, but you need more than one employee to take action. The representative for our area was sympathetic to the issue and didn’t rule out them being able to help.


Bottom line: people have got to get active about their rights because, at least in Ohio, the predominant view is “anything goes” for the employer, and employees can just find another job if they don’t like it. It is not about what your employer allows. It is about your rights under the Civil Rights Act!

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