That includes Sakile Chenzira, a 58-year-old Cincinnati woman who was fired from Cincinnati Children's Hospital in December 2010 for refusing to get the shot as required of all employees at the hospital, although it's unclear whether she had any direct contact with patients. Chenzira cited her veganism, whose practitioners do not consume any animal products; the flu vaccine contains a small amount of egg protein.
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Maybe is not too far-fetched to visualize vegan hospitals in the near future. With the enormous profits that pharmaceutical companies make, they could most likely invest in developing cruelty free prescription drugs. Or, at the very least, try to remove animal ingredients from existing common medicines, like gelatin found in capsules. They may also be able to find ways to develop new drugs without animal testing, although the FDA regulations still require it.
While preventative health is the best health care strategy, which can be aided by eating vegan as much as possible, or all the time, when medical conditions or chronic health problems occur, it would be nice to know that the medicine administered didn't require suffering to develop or manufacture. Here is another example from one of the authors of Veganissimo, Reuben Proctor:
After a surgical procedure, co-author Proctor asked his doctor not to use heparin as part of his treatment because it's derived from pig tissue. (For 24 hours, he did have to endure its use, and was clearly unhappy about it.) Source (heparin is an anticoagulent)