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Sixty seconds on . . . flu vaccine for health staff

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5629 (Published 05 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5629

30 seconds on medical procedures

Dear Editor,

Influenza is a minor limiting disease,
Vaccination is a medical procedure of limited effectiveness, indicated for people with certain medical conditions, including age.
There is no medical indication for this procedure for the vast majority of health and social care staff.

To force employees to undergo a medical procedure for which there is no indication, and from which they are unlikely to benefit, merely to increase their productivity, is immoral.

A policy to force certain groups to undergo medical procedures for which there is no indication reminds me of the darker times in history, where some groups of people were seen as inferior, stripped of choice and self determination. It may be a reflection how NHS management sees their staff and providers.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 January 2018
hendrik j beerstecher
gp
111 Canterbury Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4JA