As the vaccine to prevent the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) virus has become available in the United States, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stressed that the first doses should be given to certain groups. One such group, health care workers, were designated as a priority group to receive the vaccine, not only to protect patients but also to protect themselves and to reduce staff illness and absenteeism at a time when clinical workers may be desperately needed.
Hampton T. H1N1 Vaccine Urged for Health Workers, But Some Resist Getting on Board. JAMA. 2009;302(17):1848-1849. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1595