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New York University sacks professor for refusing flu shot

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1975 (Published 21 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1975
  1. Margaret McCartney
  1. Glasgow

A senior faculty member at New York University School of Medicine has had her appointment terminated because she has not had an influenza vaccination.

Leonore Tiefer, who was a clinical associate professor of psychiatry, had her non-clinical role removed in January after she did not provide evidence of vaccination. A letter from the university stated that “immunization against the flu is critical for the protection of our patients, visitors, and colleagues. Regrettably, since we have not received evidence of your vaccination, your non-compensated faculty appointment will be terminated effective immediately.”

Tiefer, who does not do any clinical work at NYU told The BMJ she was “dismayed and surprised” at the university’s action. “My primary objection is that I am not involved …

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