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Since health care workers (HCWs) are often in contact with flu patients, they are considered a potential source of transmission. ‘Do not harm’ is the first obligation of every doctor. Avoiding nosocomial infections is an important patient-safety issue. Flu is easily prevented in healthy adults, whereas influenza vaccination is not very effective in frail elderly. Influenza vaccine is safe and cheap, and hence there is a good rationale for HCWs to receive influenza vaccination. Still, in many countries vaccination rates in HCWs are far below the coverage in at-risk patients.1
Doubt about effectiveness and fear of side effects are usually mentioned …
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