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Giving influenza vaccination to all elderly people would raise ethical issues

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7077.373 (Published 01 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:373
  1. Debra King, Consultant physician in geriatric medicinea,
  2. Rosemary Morgan, Consultant physician in geriatric medicinea
  1. a Wirral Hospital, Wirral, Merseyside L49 5PE

    Editor–We agree with Carolyn Diguiseppi that evidence exists for giving influenza vaccine to everyone aged over 65.1 Interestingly, medical insurance companies in the United States have shown that it is cost effective to vaccinate people aged over 65 to reduce the burden of morbidity and mortality. This age related targeting of influenza vaccine would certainly make things simpler …

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