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Medics 'Should Lead Way in Vaccination'

Magazine article Public Finance

Medics 'Should Lead Way in Vaccination'

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A leading authority on pandemics has said it is LI matter of 'duty and honour' for doctors and nurses to lead by example and sign up for the swine flu vaccine when it is offered to them.

Virology professor John Oxford, of Queen Mary University of London, told Public Finance a successful inoculation campaign would require a take-up rate of 75% to 80% among health workers.

The vaccine, currently being tested, is expected to he available to priority groups from late October. These include essential NHS staff, pregnant women and people identified as being at increased risk, such as those with health conditions including asthma.

'I think the acceptance rate might be a lot lower than we hope for,' Oxford warned.

'The danger is people will be too complacent. You don't want to get people in a flap, but you also don't want people to think it's going to he like a cold and carry on. It's a question of duty and honour for doctors and nurses that they will be expected to set an example.

There's a huge responsibility sitting on their shoulders for them to stop worrying about the 101 things they seem to be worried about - "it might kill me, or make my arm itch". Otherwise, they stand the risk of carrying the virus into hospitals or contracting it and carrying it home to their children. …

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