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Sixty seconds on . . . flu vaccine for health staff

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 05 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5629
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London, UK

Routine, isn’t it?

Not at all. Scarcely half of those in the NHS get an annual flu vaccination, despite repeated urging.

Why not?

They don’t think they’re at risk; they’re afraid it will make them unwell; they think flu is a minor illness and, frankly, getting vaccinated is a bit too much trouble. Those are the commonest excuses. …

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