Do you have any idea about what are our rights when it comes to swine flu? Like for example, my friend got sick, and her school made her go to the hospital, where they injected her with multiple things--she has no idea what--and then gave her several unknown drugs to take. A week or so later, she still had a cough, so they made her go back to the hospital, where they gave her Tamiflu, and her school ordered her to take it. I'm not sure how much you know about influenza or Tamiflu.....but that was the most illogical move imaginable. She even got tested for swine flu, and the test says she doesn't have it!
Will I get deported if I don't let them inject me with things? Can your school order you to take drugs? I'm so scared!
Ask the Expat is right to dispute the email's title "Swine Flu Madness," for indeed it's common sense really to take whatever precautions are necessary to keep students and coworkers from getting sick, even, I'll add, if some measures this year---considering it a foreigners' disease at first, taking away passports, and putting faith in kimchi---haven't been sensible. Here's a bit more of what he had to say:
If one of my teachers contracted the virus, we would certainly
forceencourage them to get vaccinated or get the proper treatment. They could refuse of course, but at the same time it would be totally irresponsible of me, the teacher and the school to allow that teacher back in the building before they're cured. The main goal is containment.
In the end, I think that schools have some ground to stand on when forcing teachers to be vaccinated or treated. There is nothing wrong with a school asking you to get tested and if you have something, get it treated...for yourself. WebMD doesn't have all the answers.
And in a follow-up comment:
Perception is everything on this front. For the same reason people wear masks and stop attending classes, schools struggle to know what to do when confronted with this flu or a teacher gets sick.
However, apprehension about having medication put into you is justified, and this is where I think the liaisons between administration and native speaker English teachers should step in to provide information about what's going on, why, and what your options are. Just as it's your responsibility, as a patient, to ask questions about what's happening and what you're putting into your body.