Following 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.