Intended for healthcare professionals

Letters Mandatory flu vaccination

Barriers to influenza vaccination in healthcare workers

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1141 (Published 15 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k1141
  1. Miguel Pereira, research fellow1 2,
  2. Siân Williams, programme manager1,
  3. Louise Restrick, consultant chest physician1 3,
  4. Paul Cullinan, professor of occupational and environmental respiratory disease1 2,
  5. Nicholas S Hopkinson, reader in respiratory medicine1 2
  1. 1London Respiratory Network, Royal Brompton Hospital, London SW3 6NP, UK
  2. 2National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London
  3. 3Whittington Health, London, UK
  1. n.hopkinson{at}ic.ac.uk

Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for healthcare workers to reduce risk to themselves, their patients, and their families.12 Discussing mandatory vaccination, McCartney mentions our recent study,34 which found that a 10% rise in vaccination rate was associated with a 10% fall in sickness absence, which she said “may reflect better organised trusts being …

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