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Letters Doctors resisting the flu jab

Doctors choosing not to be vaccinated is choosing to do harm

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 08 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7198
  1. Amy J Behrman, medical director, Occupational Medicine1,
  2. Arthur L Caplan, director, Center for Bioethics1,
  3. Susan E Coffin, hospital epidemiologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia1,
  4. Neil Fishman, director, Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Prevention1
  1. 1University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
  1. behrman{at}

We read Patel’s article with distress verging on disbelief.1 Although flu is unlikely to have serious sequelae in healthy non-pregnant healthcare workers, unvaccinated workers can and do transmit the virus to their co-workers, adversely affecting the workforce. They also infect patients, including elderly people, immunocompromised patients, pregnant women, and very young children (who …

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