Letters Health worker flu vaccination

Vaccination for voluntary and private sector workers should be free

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4513 (Published 23 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4513
  1. Susi Shafar, retired consultant psychiatrist1
  1. 1Nelson BB9 6PY, UK
  1. susishafar{at}btinternet.com

This editorial focuses on an important preventive issue,1 but I wonder how many colleagues realise and would approve of government policy, which fails to fund flu vaccination for non-NHS (and non-social services) professional carers—that is, those employed by the voluntary or private sector, by far the majority?

These low paid carers must pay for vaccination themselves because their employers rarely do; the result is they are mostly left unprotected in the case of an epidemic, free to spread flu to thousands of vulnerable people, or else stay off sick in great numbers with dire consequences to their clients. Can we exert pressure on the Department of Health to change the rules?


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4513


  • Competing interests: None declared.