Rather than Mandate H1N1 Vaccine, Say There is a Shortage

H1N1 vaccine shortage

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And now listen to the spin from The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)…

Pandemic Influenza: Science, Economics, and Foreign Policy: Session One: The Science

COHEN: Well, it’s an interesting question, though. Would you be against mandating?

SIMONSEN: Well, I think this is very interesting because, I mean, especially for the health-care worker example. I mean, there are many, many good reasons why health care workers should be considering immunization for their own safety but also to protect and, first, do no harm to the patients that they are treating. Having said that, does it work to mandate?

I think what would work better would be to say that there was a shortage and people tend to buy more of something that’s in demand. (Laughter.) We saw that — there was one season where, really, people lined up all night to get a flu shot.

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