Thought of the Day: Flu Jabs – Are They Necessary?

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Now before the vaccination-brigade rain down upon me, I want to make it clear that I am very pro-vaccine. I’ve had all my jabs, I take them when I go abroad and when I have kids, they will also be vaccinated. Herd immunity is the best defence we have against deadly diseases and I fully appreciate this.

But. The flu jab is always a gamble, and around this time of year, more and more people are lining up to be immunised against the “most likely” strain to hit us hard. Now, if you’re a vulnerable candidate, I can understand wanting the best defence possible, but when you’re an otherwise-healthy 20-something year old working in an office, where varying strains are likely to spread anyway, I can’t quite fathom why you’d deem it necessary to get the injection.

I’m not a doctor, but I do know that the jab was originally for the vulnerable – children, the elderly, people with asthma – so why are so many otherwise-healthy people lining up? At the end of the day, no matter how many people in the office get the jab, loads of them end up ill anyway, or complain of dead arm for the whole day.

Why not save us all the bother (and the NHS resources) and just… not? I mean, there’s no real need, is there?

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