Flu jabs for kids being offered in UK

Just out today – the UK has finally gone mad and will offer all children between the ages of 2 and 17 a flu vaccine – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18969338

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the greatest people at risk are the under-2’s and over 65’s so it beats me as to why 2-17 year olds are being targeted…The article actually says: “Children usually get a mild and sometimes unpleasant illness from seasonal flu. They rarely suffer complications. Youngsters who do are usually in the at-risk groups already offered a flu vaccine”. So if there is little problem why introduce it!? I guess AstraZeneca who manufactures the vaccine is rubbing its hands with glee…

The BBC article states “The UK is thought to be the first country in the world to offer free flu immunisation to all children” Are they serious? Where do you think the money will come from to pay for these jabs? Or have AstraZeneca become a charity overnight. The answer lies two paragraphs above this quote : “Nine million children will be eligible for the nasal flu vaccine and the price tag could be more than £100m a year“. So there you go £100m of tax payers money will be paid to AstraZeneca – great!  

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Posted on July 25, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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