The Holy See has made it very clear that a communicant should never be denied COTT. In fact, as late as July 2009, the Holy See reiterated this stance when a layman from the UK complained to the CDWDS about being denied COTT on the basis of the flu scare.
The CDWDS repeatedly notes that:
let all remember that the time-honored tradition is to receive the host on the tongue. The celebrant priest, if there is a present danger of sacrilege, should not give the faithful communion in the hand, and he should make them aware of the reason for way of proceeding.
This, taken from a statement made back in 1999, has not been abrogated. Furthermore, the statement repeats itself in Redemptionis Sacramentum (2004):
[91.] In distributing Holy Communion it is to be remembered that "sacred ministers may not deny the sacraments to those who seek them in a reasonable manner, are rightly disposed, and are not prohibited by law from receiving them".177 Hence any baptized Catholic who is not prevented by law must be admitted to Holy Communion. Therefore, it is not licit to deny Holy Communion to any of Christ's faithful solely on the grounds, for example, that the person wishes to receive the Eucharist kneeling or standing.
[92.] Although** each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice**,178 if any communicant should wish to receive the Sacrament in the hand, in areas where the Bishops' Conference with the recognitio of the Apostolic See has given permission, the sacred host is to be administered to him or her. However, special care should be taken to ensure that the host is consumed by the communicant in the presence of the minister, so that no one goes away carrying the Eucharistic species in his hand. If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to thefaithful.179
Thus, what was forced upon the OP was wrong and it was an abuse. No one has the right to force a communicant to receive Holy Communion either on the tongue or in the hand. It is the communicant's choice.