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Letters Doctors resisting the flu jab

Flu vaccination prevents nosocomial outbreaks

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 08 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7203
  1. Alan J Card, PhD candidate1
  1. 1University of Cambridge Engineering Design Centre, Department of Engineering, Cambridge CB2 1PZ, UK
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Patel will refuse to be vaccinated against flu because being asked to be vaccinated to protect his patients infringes his personal liberty.1 Does he feel the same way about handwashing? After all, they are his hands, so his liberty is at stake, and both techniques serve a similar function—to reduce the risk …

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