Blog | Friday, August 28, 2009

ACP Master speaks his mind on H1N1 vaccines for health care workers


William Schaffner, MACPFollowing studies on Canadian and Hong Kong health workers unsure about getting vaccinated for H1N1, William Schaffner, MACP, now questions whether American health workers will, as well.

"There isn't a doubt that it's a severe challenge," Dr. Schaffner told MSNBC. "It's primarily a patient safety issue."

He's not only a Master of the College but also chairman of the infectious diseases division at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and is in a position to encourage others. Clinical trials for it appear safe, he said, and health care workers should protect themselves and their patients.

"It's a professional and ethical responsibility of every health care worker to be vaccinated," he said.