Shocking? I don't think so. I have never thought that influenza vaccine was a great vaccine. It's a good vaccine; certainly good enough to widely recommend its use. But clearly not so good as to fire healthcare workers who refuse to take it.
Two years ago I blogged about the interview in the Atlantic with Tom Jefferson, the head of the Cochrane influenza group. Here's the money quote from that interview:
"For a vaccine to reduce mortality by 50 percent and up to 90 percent in some studies means it has to prevent deaths not just from influenza, but also from falls, fires, heart disease, strokes, and car accidents. That's not a vaccine, that's a miracle."