And so it was announced by Andrew Lansley this week that all children from 2 to 17 should be offered the flu vaccine.
it would save lives, prevent children being hospitalised and save costs
This initiative is going to cost, apparently, £100Million a year. One hundred million Pounds a year. Spent by an already stretched NHS.
Lansley and NHS reform has been much in the news recently and now we have this?
This is absurd.
Why are we so obsessed in this country with killing germs? Not all germs are deadly. Not all germs are indeed harmful.
Hand sanitisers are available for sale on every counter in shops.
Adverts are rammed down our throats about chemical sprays killing 99% of all germs.
Dirt never killed anybody.
Okay okay I know about MRSA and unclean water in Africa and all that nonsense but in the day to day running of our lives and bringing up our kids, it isnt really an issue is it?
Will I be vaccinating my healthy kids against flu? No I will not.
It is unlikely that flu will kill them if they catch it and who is going to administer this vaccine? The school nurse who has enough to do already? Or my poor overworked local practice nurse?
And there need to be two doses, both given in a nine week window in October. Pity the poor sods in our town that have a real ailment then. It is hard enough to get an appointment as it is without all this on their plates.