By Jonathan Benson(NaturalNews) The Canadian province of British Columbia has become the first in that nation to mandate that all healthcare workers get vaccinated yearly for influenza, or else be forced to wear face masks every time they work, according to CBC News. Despite the fact that flu vaccines have never even been proven to work, B.C. health authorities have decided that healthcare workers should not be allowed any freedom of health choice in the matter, at least not without having to comply by humiliating consequences as a result.There are so many reasons why this latest affront to health freedom is both mindless and absurd. As we pointed out back in 2009, flu masks do not even effectively prevent the spread of influenza, which makes the mandate that unvaccinated healthcare workers wear them to protect patients patently ridiculous (http://www.naturalnews.com/026160_preparedness_flu_swine.html). Numerous studies have also shown that flu shots are wholly ineffective at preventing flu infection, despite all the government hype. (http://www.naturalnews.com)But since only about 40 percent of B.C. healthcare workers get vaccinated every year -- this percentage has been steadily dropping year after year -- health authorities are apparently deeply worried that their flu vaccine scam is quickly losing credibility. So the only way to effectively stop this, in their own estimate, is to basically force healthcare workers to get their annual flu shots, or else be summoned to look silly wearing "scarlet letter" face masks that serve no legitimate purpose.This is the same tactic that many healthcare authorities in the U.S. adopted during the great "swine flu" hoax of 2009. Even though federal officials openly admitted that the N95 face masks being encouraged during this so-called "pandemic" were not foolproof by any means (http://www.latimes.com), hospitals across the country began enacting draconian policies that required unvaccinated healthcare workers to wear them at all times while working.