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'Our own fears can help us understand our patients better'


Why do care workers resist the flu vaccine? Perhaps its because trust has been diminished-think of all the lies they have been told by government for example-start with the safety of beef not many years ago! What about eggs what about thalidomide or the nuclear experiments? So when we are constantly told the flu jab is safe it is not surprising that we dont automatically accept and believe. Also, nhs employers pushing propaganda-pictures of chief execs. etc getting the vaccine- does not help. The vaccine might be safe but you can hardly blame health professionals or otherwise from being sceptical having been lied to so often before. Besides, there are other issues that are not addressed-with the amount of immunisation health workers are expected to take on board no one has offered reassurance on the possible finite amount of messing about one can do with the immune system. What about compensation factors if the flu vaccine turns out not to be safe? Governments dont exactly have a reliable record on this of which gulf war syndrome vaccines are an example. Science is one thing-perhaps what health care workers need is a healthy dose of confidence before they take to the flu vaccine in the large numbers required.

Posted date

23 August, 2011

Posted time

12:48 pm