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Health workers in British Columbia must be vaccinated against flu or wear a mask, new policy says

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 20 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7860
  1. Charlotte Santry
  1. 1Toronto

A Cochrane reviewer has accused a Canadian health chief of misquoting his work to justify a “tyrannical” policy forcing staff to be vaccinated against flu or wear a mask.

Under the policy, being introduced from 1 December, health workers in British Columbia who refuse to be vaccinated must wear a mask throughout the flu season. All those who have had the vaccine will be given a distinctive badge to wear.

British Columbia’s provincial health officer, Perry Kendall, told the Vancouver Sun earlier this month that a Cochrane review had referenced studies showing that vaccinating workers protected patients from flu and …

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