Patient care drives mandatory vaccinationBMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2588 (Published 19 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2588
- Stephen B Lambert, medical epidemiologist1
- 1Queensland Paediatric Infectious Diseases Laboratory, Royal Children’s Hospital, Herston, QLD 4029, Australia
Both sides debating mandatory flu vaccination for healthcare workers canvass central arguments,1 2 but key issues require further exploration.
Neither side acknowledged that health care differs fundamentally from other work. Its primary aim is not individual protection but protection of patients by reducing nosocomial flu. John Stuart Mills would support, not oppose, a mandatory programme.2
The autonomy argument focuses …
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