Intended for healthcare professionals


Is this the end of the line for flu vaccine as we know it?

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 17 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:677
  1. Nigel Higson (, general practitioner,
  2. Ming He, clinical medical student
  1. Goodwood Court Medical Centre, Hove BN3 3DX
  2. University College, London WC1E 6BT

    EDITOR—Last autumn money was mobilised to try to prevent flu becoming one of the many winter pressures in the United Kingdom, whereas flu in the southern hemisphere was negligible. Lacking in the process was any consideration of previous years' vaccine uptake, the efficacy of flu vaccine in preventing flu in elderly people, and whether bribery was likely to achieve any further uptake. Little was done to consider the management of flu in those who might refuse vaccination (or in those in whom vaccination was less effective).

    In …

    View Full Text

    Log in

    Log in through your institution


    * For online subscription