Doctors are urged to be ambassadors for flu vaccine by getting the jab

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 29 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6293
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Flu experts have urged all doctors to be vaccinated against influenza to protect themselves and vulnerable high risk patients.

At a press briefing in London this week, organised by the Society for General Microbiology, a panel of experts agreed that vaccine uptake must increase among healthcare workers.

Richard Pebody, head of flu surveillance at the Health Protection Agency, said: “Last season only 35% of healthcare workers were vaccinated so there is clearly a long way to go. There is also big variation between trusts, with 95% in some trusts.”

Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine and honorary physician at Imperial College NHS Trust, said part of the problem was the mechanism for getting the vaccine in many hospitals.

“Many healthcare workers are busy and don’t like taking time off to book in for the vaccine and wait in long queues. We have had great success when we have initiated a …

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