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Stumbling into occupational health: the influenza conundrum

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 01 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:53
  1. John Harrison, senior lecturer in occupational medicine (
  1. Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Medical School, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH

    EDITOR—In his editorial Smith describes how the British government has decided on access to treatments.1 The occupational health service of the NHS has had a similar, albeit less sophisticated, experience with respect to advising on the immunisation of staff against influenza this winter. The lack of a recognised body to give authoritative advice on occupational health has led to piecemeal arrangements by trusts.

    The chief medical officer has advised …

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