Any questions: The benefits of influenza immunisation

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 19 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:i
  1. Anne Cockcroft, consultant in occupational medicine
  1. London

    The head of an organisation is advised by a member of a profession supplementary to medicine that the workforce should be offered immunisation against influenza next year. Is this the right advice?

    Probably not. The advice is presumably on the grounds either that immunising the workforce will reduce the level of sickness absence in the organisation during the winter months (so saving money for the organisation) or that it will be a staff benefit and prevent individual ill health. …

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