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Poll: Would you ask your doctor if they had gotten the flu vaccine?

Uptake of the vaccine among medical workers in Ireland is “appallingly low” according to Health Minister Simon Harris.

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IT’S FLU VACCINE season, as you might be able to tell as you go about your business today judging by the increase in polite coughs and sniffles about the place.

Yesterday, Health Minister Simon Harris said that medical workers in Ireland are under an obligation to get the flu vaccine:

“You will be coming in contact with sick people during a period when the flu can become quite an issue. You have an obligation to your patients I believe to get the vaccination.”

Uptake of the vaccine for such workers is “appallingly low” according to Harris. Just 31% of hospital workers here were immunised last year.

Now, Harris says that patients have a right to ask their doctor or nurse whether or not they have received the vaccine themselves.

But is that something you would do?

We’re asking: Would you ask your doctor or nurse if they had gotten the flu vaccine?

Poll Results:

No (4087)
Yes (2523)
I'm not sure (473)

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