Doubt over health workers’ flu shots

A team led by Dr Jackie Street from the School of Population Health, University of Adelaide, reviewed national guidelines in Australia, NZ, the US, Canada and the UK, and examined the evidence underpinning them.

“The evidence that vaccinating healthcare workers makes a difference to transmission rates in open hospital settings, we would suggest, is thin at best but many guidelines and papers which call for mandatory vaccination of healthcare workers gloss over or distort the evidence, which does exist, in order to support a particular advocacy stand,” Dr Street said.

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