Letters Doctors resisting the flu jab

Doctors accepting flu vaccination is the sensible and responsible choice

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7199 (Published 08 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7199
  1. Jake Dunning, clinical research fellow1,
  2. Jonathan Nguyen-Van-Tam, professor of health protection2,
  3. Karl Nicholson, clinical professor of infectious diseases3,
  4. Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine and director1
  1. 1Centre for Respiratory Infection, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, London, UK
  2. 2Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK
  3. 3Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Leicester, UK
  1. j.dunning{at}imperial.ac.uk

Patel’s jaunty and amusing article concludes with: “after all, how bad can man flu be?”1 The answer is that, for men and women, flu can be devastating and even lethal. This is especially true for sick and vulnerable patients. Patel misses the point: we should be vaccinated not only to keep us hard at work through those long winter days and nights, but also to prevent us getting flu and, despite feeling lousy, struggling in to work and infecting …

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